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MSA acquires US firefighter protective clothing, boot manufacturer

MSA has acquired Globe, a US manufacturer of firefighter protective clothing and boots. The acquisition of Globe strengthens MSA’s position as a clear market leader in North America for fire-service Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products.

Combined with Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Thermal Imaging Cameras, and firefighter helmets, MSA can now provide complete coverage for firefighters, in line with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for firefighter safety.

“Globe is a highly-recognised and respected brand of firefighter turnout gear, which very nicely complements our own line of firefighter protective equipment,” MSA Chairman and CEO William M. Lambert said. “With virtually no product overlap, the acquisition aligns well with our corporate strategy.


Globe complements MSA’s own line of firefighter protective equipment

“It expands our core product portfolio in a key customer segment. More simply, it means we can now help protect firefighters from head to toe, with Cairns helmets, our industry leading G1 SCBA, and Globe turnout gear and boots,” Lambert commented.

Rick Barr, Sales Manager – International Markets at Globe, delivered a presentation detailing the latest acquisition at the MSA stand at the 31st South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg on 2 November. Barr explained that the company operates three US plants – two that manufacture turnout gear, and one that manufactures footwear, each incorporating the latest cutting-and-sewing technology.

Apart from elaborating on the acquisition, MSA Africa used the 2017 SAESI Conference to display its full range of PPE and latest safety technology, Sales Manager Christiaan Hugo added. “We sponsored the Disaster Unit at SA Emergency Care with five Cairns fire helmets, and handed out a Cairns fire helmet as a prize at our stand.”

About MSA
Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company’s comprehensive product line is used by workers around the world in a broad range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, the fire service, the construction industry, mining and the military. MSA’s core products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, firefighter helmets and protective apparel, and fall protection devices. With 2016 revenues of $1.15 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,600 people worldwide. The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., and has manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With more than 40 international locations, MSA realizes approximately half of its revenue from outside North America. For more information visit MSA’s web site at

MSA Africa Contact Details
Christiaan Hugo
Sales Manager
Tel: 082 679 4411

Customer Service: 0861 723 389


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