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MSA Completes Sale Of North American Ballistic Helmet Business

Separately today, MSA also announced it has sold a 25-acre parcel of land in its Cranberry Woods office park for future development.  Located north of Pittsburgh, Cranberry Woods is the site of MSA's global headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pa.  The real estate transaction, combined with the sale of the company's North American ballistic helmet business, will generate $17 million of cash for the company and will benefit second quarter earnings with pre-tax income of approximately $8 million.

About MSA: Established in 1914, MSA is a 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 line of products is used by workers around the world in a broad range of industries, including the fire service, the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, construction, mining and utilities, as well as the military.  Principal products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, handheld gas detection instruments, head protection products, fall protection devices and thermal imaging cameras. The company also provides a broad range of consumer and contractor safety products through a joint venture with MCR Safety.  These products are marketed and sold under the Safety Works® brand.  MSA, based north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., has annual sales of approximately $1.2 billion, manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and 42 international locations.  Additional information is available on the company's Web site at www.MSAsafety.com.  Information on Safety Works products can be found at www.SafetyWorks.com.

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