MSA Safety (NYSE: MSA) offers an arsenal of products that are designed to protect people in numerous situations. The company offers breathing apparatuses, air-purifying respirators, gas detection instruments, fall protection products, and more. The company serves customers in the oil and gas, fire service, mining, construction, and other industries as well as the military. Founded 100 years ago, the company now has 5,000 full time employees and a market capitalization that is quickly approaching $2 billion. Originally founded as a company that aimed to improve safety in the mining industry, MSA has achieved and far outgrown this vision.
A business's most valuable assets often turn out to be its people. The management at MSA is, without...