Mine Safety Appliances Co (MSA)

MSA is the world`s leading manufacturer of high-quality safety products. MSA products may be simple to use and maintain, but they’re also highly-sophisticated devices and protective gear - the result of countless R&D hours, relentless testing, and an unwavering commitment to quality that saves lives and protects thousands of men and women each and every day. Many of our most popular products integrate multiple combinations of electronics, mechanical systems, and advanced materials to ensure that users around the world remain protected in even the most hazardous of situations.

Company details

1000 Cranberry Woods Drive , Cranberry Township , PA 16066 USA

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Health and Safety - Health and Safety Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Employees:
Over 1000
Turnover:
more than $1,000,000,000 US

Our Mission and Values Drive Everything We Do

Our Mission
MSA's mission is to see to it that men and women may work in safety and that they, their families, and their communities may live in health throughout the world.

Our Vision
Our vision is to be the world’s leading provider of safety solutions that protect workers when life is on the line.  We pursue this vision with an unsurpassed commitment to integrity, customer service, and product innovation that creates exceptional value for all MSA stakeholders.

Our Values
We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our customers. We are, quite simply, an organization built on integrity.

Our Commitment to Customer Satisfaction
We aim to provide customers with a superior customer experience. It begins with the development of high-quality products and continues with support services that exceed customer expectations. Our customer service promise is simple: To make the world safer, one person at a time.

Safety That’s Assured By Quality & Research
MSA provides a comprehensive line of safety products used by workers in the military, fire service, law enforcement, construction, oil and gas, chemical, and many other industries. MSA also sells consumer and contractor safety products at select home center retail outlets under the Safety Works brand.

Several of our products, including our ALTAIR line of portable gas detectors, our V-Gard Hard Hats, Cairns Fire Helmets, and FireHawk Air Masks, are recognized as the de facto standard in their category. Each of our hundreds of products is designed to ensure high quality, backed by industry-leading research & development.

Quality
To ensure we create the most effective and reliable products possible, we craft many of our components in-house. We also use raw materials when we formulate, machine, tool, or mold our products. This insistence on in-house quality guarantees greater manufacturing control and unequaled quality assurance for safety equipment users.

Unrivaled Research & Development
MSA operates the most complete research and development facilities in the industry. Our crown jewel is the John T. Ryan Memorial Laboratory near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the world's most sophisticated proving ground for safety products. Our research continually evolves to incorporate the latest in computer-aided design, laser modeling, and testing.

Consistent Industry Awards
MSA is a recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Corporate Innovator award – the Product Development and Management Association’s highest honor. We’re extremely proud to be recognized along with previous winners including Apple, BMW, Sprint Nextel and Hewlett-Packard.

A Defining Moment
It was a horrific workplace tragedy that led to the creation of MSA, the worldwide leader in worker protection and safety product innovation. On the morning of March 26, 1912, the Jed Mine in West Virginia exploded. In a flash, methane gas ignited and more than 80 miners lost their lives. From this tragedy, mine engineer John T. Ryan Sr. had an epiphany: “If I could spend my life doing what I can to lessen the likelihood of the occurrence of such terrible disasters, I shall feel in the end that my life had been well spent.”

Ryan recruited colleague George H. Deike to help realize his vision for a new company. Recognizing the critical importance of dependable, safe mining equipment, they went straight to one of the country’s great thinkers: Thomas Edison. The brilliant inventor helped Ryan and Deike create the electric cap lamp which, over the next 25 years, reduced mine explosions by an astounding 75 percent. Of all his inventions, this was the one that did the most for humanity, Edison would later say in life.

In the decades that have come and gone, MSA has continued to lead the charge for workplace safety. We’ve led the way with small first-aid kits and portable methane detectors, and harnessed new technologies to produce state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras, ballistic helmets, and leading edge systems for gas and flame detection.

But we’ve never forgotten where we came from, or why we’re here. We’re called The Safety Company for a reason – a very important reason: Our goal, every single day, is to provide our customers with dependable, high-quality products, instruments, and service to help ensure a safe return home at the end of each work day.

Our Mission
MSA’s mission is to see to it that men and women may work in safety and that they, their families, and their communities may live in health throughout the world.

Embracing Change and Encouraging Innovation
MSA is an organization fully committed to protecting the health and safety of our customers, and we spend countless hours developing, testing, and evaluating our products to ensure we achieve our goals. Our company was founded in 1914 from humble beginnings and has grown to include more than 5,000 employees across the world, protecting workers in more than 140 countries. But we’ve never forgotten who we are, or who we work for: our customers. Their satisfaction and safety are our top goals, every day.

MSA's values are the foundation of our company culture. Our seven core values define who we are and what make us truly stand apart.

There’s a reason MSA is known worldwide as “The Safety Company.” It’s because we harness precision engineering to craft the highest-quality safety products possible so people across the world are able to work in the safest environments possible.

Put simply, safety is our mission. We believe that concepting, designing, and building the best safety solutions means we must look beyond the bottom line. For starters, we invest more resources in safety research and engineering than any other company in our industry. Because we realize that our gear plays a crucial role for workers across the world. We know that the FireHawk® M7 Air Mask isn’t just another tool – it’s often the life-saving barrier between a firefighter and a scorching cloud of toxic fumes. And a Gravity® Harness is much more than a collection of straps and buckles – it may well save a construction worker from a deadly fall.

We’re proud of the work we do and we stand behind every product we make. Because we know people rely on us to protect their health and well-being. We work hard to earn the trust of our customers, and everything we do goes toward exceeding people’s expectations. As we often say at MSA, we make the world safer … one person at a time.

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Embracing Change and Encouraging Innovation
MSA is an organization fully committed to protecting the health and safety of our customers, and we spend countless hours developing, testing, and evaluating our products to ensure we achieve our goals. Our company was founded in 1914 from humble beginnings and has grown to include more than 5,000 employees across the world, protecting workers in more than 140 countries. But we’ve never forgotten who we are, or who we work for: our customers. Their satisfaction and safety are our top goals, every day.

MSA's values are the foundation of our company culture. Our seven core values define who we are and what make us truly stand apart.

Customer Focus
We are fully focused on our customers’ complete safety and satisfaction. We aim to keep our customers happy by listening closely to their needs, delivering high-quality products, and backing them with support services unmatched in the industry.

Integrity
It is our foundational value. Whether we’re testing equipment or advising a customer on how to manage a hazardous situation, we conduct ourselves with unwavering honesty, professionalism, and the highest levels of ethical behavior. Without integrity, nothing else matters at MSA.

Speed & Agility
Technology changes rapidly, and operating with speed and agility is crucial for any business. We anticipate and respond quickly to issues, opportunities, and our customers’ needs.

Innovation & Change
We recognize that advancements in safety and technology are most likely when people push their boundaries. So we encourage innovation and embrace change at every level of our organization. We reward creativity, we learn from our failures, and build on our successes.

Diversity & Inclusion
We welcome a wide variety of people, thoughts, perspectives, and ideas. This openness enables us to utilize the rich dimensions of each individual and helps us ensure our company is always advancing and learning from our employees. We welcome and learn from feedback within all areas of the organization.

Teamwork
As MSA grows, it’s crucial that our associates work collaboratively to help us reach our goals of innovation, safety, and customer satisfaction. This mindset allows us to share ideas, develop skills, operate efficiently, and continue to innovate. Above all, our culture of teamwork helps us exceed our customers’ expectations.

Engagement
e help our associates reach their fullest potential because it enhances company performance, drives motivation, and leads to employee fulfillment. We provide timely feedback, project ownership, and opportunities to grow.