MSA Safety cuts the ribbon on expanded and modernized manufacturing plant in Bristol

Investment enhances production and service capabilities of fire protective clothing company

BRISTOL, England, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — MSA Safety Incorporated (NYSE: MSA), a world leader in firefighter safety equipment and technology, today opened a newly expanded state-of-the-art factory for the production of firefighter protective clothing in Yate, near Bristol, UK. The modernized facility provides new and improved workspaces for MSA associates, as well as much-needed space for future growth and international expansion. Celebrated this morning with a ribbon-cutting event, the building establishes MSA Bristol’s Yate campus as a global center of excellence for the design, production and service of fire protective clothing.

“We are extremely excited to open this expanded and improved facility at Bristol,” said Jason Traynor, General Manager of MSA’s Global Fire Service Products. “This is a significant investment in the business that supports our growth aspirations and our desire to improve the overall working environment for our staff and visitors.”

MSA Bristol’s new Yate campus combines its central offices, cutting unit, western service center and international distribution centre. The modern campus provides the company’s 153 highly skilled employees with an improved working environment and excellent transport links, and will serve as a hub for all MSA Bristol activities.

MSA Safety acquired Bristol Uniforms in January 2021. The company has ambitious growth plans and is making significant investments in the business to improve the company’s facilities and its portfolio of firefighting apparel.

“MSA Bristol’s central offices and Western Service Center were previously based at our Staple Hill premises, Bristol, but we’ve outgrown that site and need space to expand,” Traynor said. “The Yate campus includes improved office space and meeting rooms, modern and more comfortable breakout areas and expanded parking areas for staff. It also showcases MSA’s industry-leading products for anyone who visits the facility. MSA Bristol PPE is world class and we are investing in the future.”

Among those present at the official opening today were Bob Leen, president of MSA’s international business. Mr. Leenen commented: “The opening of this expanded facility represents a new chapter for MSA Bristol and demonstrates our commitment to the Bristol brand, our people and the region. The new facility, combined with our three regional service centers across the UK, represents a platform for global fire service growth, both in the UK and in other parts of the world. “

Simon Shilton, Have Fire and Rescue’s fire chief had the honor of participating in the opening ceremony and was able to see the improved and expanded facilities firsthand during a site visit. He said: “I am delighted to have been invited to attend the grand opening of MSA Bristol’s new factory in Yate. MSA Bristol, formerly Bristol Uniforms, as we have known them over the years, has been and continues to be a key local employer, providing us with uniforms and other safety and protective clothing.As an organization we are committed to supporting local businesses and therefore the local economy.MSA Bristol plays a vital role in the safety of our staff and working together in partnership supports our organizational goals of Making our service stronger and our communities safer.”

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About MSA Security

Founded in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructure. Many MSA products incorporate a combination of advanced electronics, mechanical systems, and materials to protect users from hazardous or life-threatening situations. The company’s full line of products are used by workers around the world in a wide range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, firefighters, the construction industry, mining and construction. ‘army. MSA’s main products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, firefighters’ helmets and protective clothing and fall protection devices. With a 2021 turnover of $1.4 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,800 people worldwide. The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.and has manufacturing operations in United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With more than 40 international sites, MSA generates approximately half of its turnover outside North America. For more information, visit MSA website at

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