Corporate Citizenship

MSA Helps Across the World

When disaster strikes, MSA has a history of responding quickly – sending equipment and safety expertise when and where it’s needed most. When a massive earthquake and resulting tsunami hit Japan in 2011, MSA sent thousands of air-purifying respirators to help protect emergency responders and clean-up workers from possible nuclear radiation at the stricken Fukushima power plant.

When millions of gallons of oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, MSA helped protect clean-up workers by sending many of our products, including respirators, multi-gas detectors, and hard hats to the disaster scene.

And immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks , MSA shipped more than $3 million of safety equipment, including thermal imaging cameras, hard hats, and respirators to disaster sites in New York City and Washington, D.C. – within 24 hours of the attacks. MSA associates at Ground Zero worked almost continuously for months afterwards, providing on-site support and product training.

MSA actively supports many philanthropic groups through our associates and the MSA Charitable Foundation, and our annual contributions to the United Way total nearly $1 million.

This support is simply part of who we are and what we do. We aim to help workers throughout the world, but we believe our position as the global leader in safety provides us with a unique opportunity to improve safety, and improve lives, around the world.

MSA's Corporate Commitment

As the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people's lives, MSA has built a strong legacy of protecting the health, safety and well-being of people all over the world. And that legacy does not end with our customers. From our founding in 1914, MSA has stepped forward to provide financial support and vitally needed safety equipment to assist in recovery and clean-up efforts following natural disasters. In addition, through our associates and through the MSA Charitable Foundation, we actively support a broad range of philanthropic organizations and we work hard to give back to the communities where we operate. It’s part of who we are and what we do, and as long as we are in business we will continue to strive to make the world safer, one person at a time.

MSA Charitable Foundation

MSA has a long history of strengthening the lives of our neighbors in the communities in which we operate. Through the MSA Charitable Foundation, MSA provides the resources to help support the volunteer efforts of our associates as well as programs that promote healthy living, enrich young minds, and enhance our communities.

Through the MSA Charitable Foundation, MSA Supports:

United Way

For more than 90 years, MSA has been a vital stakeholder in the Pittsburgh area and surrounding communities. Over the years, MSA and its associates have consistently provided outstanding support to the United Way. So much that on June 29, 2006, the United Way of Allegheny County presented MSA with the United Way Hall of Fame Award at PNC Park to recognize our outstanding and long-term commitment to supporting United Way programs. MSA joined Giant Eagle as one of only two Pittsburgh companies inducted into he United Way's Hall of Fame in 2006.



We are proud to support the communities in which we live and work – and we believe it is an essential part of good corporate citizenship. Whether MSA is assisting in rebuilding homes in our community or sponsoring learning initiatives in local schools, when we can contribute to causes in our own back yard, MSA’s "culture of pitching in" takes on a very special meaning.

Executive Management Commitments

Leaders of MSA’s executive team support the communities in they live and work as well, sometimes as members of Board of Directors, advisory committee or professional organization members or trustees.

Nish Vartanian,  President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Trustee, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)
  • Awardee, 2018 Board Diversity Ambassador Award, 2020 Women on Boards

Steve Blanco,  President, MSA Americas

  • Board Member, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Member, International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA)
  • Member, Manufacturers Alliance

Paul Uhler,  Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer

  • Board Member and Treasurer, Regional Learning Alliance (RLA)
  • HR Council Chair and Member, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)
  • Board Member, Nazareth College and Career Prep
  • Member, The Society of Human Resource Management

Markus Weber,  Vice President, Chief Information Officer

  • Member, PA Chamber of Commerce
  • Trustee, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT)
  • Member, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)
  • Member, German-American Business Circle of Pittsburgh (GABC)
  • Member, The Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group
  • Executive Advisory Council Member, Premier CIO Forum & Executive IT Summit
  • Member, Pittsburgh Chapter, German American Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Rotary International

Doug McClaine, Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

  • Co-Founder, Allegheny County Mock Trial Program
  • Trustee and Board Member, Butler Health System Foundation
  • Chairman, Compensation Committee, Butler Health System

Kenneth Krause, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  • Board Member, American Heart Association

William M. Lambert, Chairman and Retired CEO

  • Board and executive Committee Member, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)
  • Chairman of the Board and President, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera
  • Independent Board Director, Kennametal
  • Chairman’s Council Member, American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Executive Committee Member, Senator John Heinz History Center
  • Board Member, Allegheny Conference on Community Development