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MSA Selects Directworks to Elevate Strategic Sourcing Performance

Global leader in safety equipment licenses Directworks software to enable greater sourcing productivity

PITTSBURGH, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Incorporated, and Directworks, a leading provider of cloud-based sourcing and supplier management solutions for manufacturers, today announced that MSA has signed a long-term agreement to license Directworks' software to elevate their strategic sourcing performance and help drive further improvements in productivity.

"At MSA, we recognize that advancements in safety and technology are more likely when people push their boundaries. So we encourage innovation and embrace change at every level of our organization," said Sankalp Navjivan, Global Director, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain at MSA. "Directworks shares our belief in innovation and has developed a powerful solution specifically built for the sourcing and supplier management needs of product manufacturers like MSA with high new product vitality rates." 

MSA recently completed a successful proof of value pilot and plans to use Directworks' software and sourcing expertise to increase productivity and bring new and innovative safety products to market faster and at target cost. 

"We are pleased to announce MSA as our latest customer and are excited to be the technology partner selected to enable their sourcing processes," said Greg Anderson, President of Directworks. "We have developed our solution for companies just like MSA – leading manufacturers who want to achieve a higher level of performance by taking a more streamlined, data-driven approach to strategic sourcing and supplier management."

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 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 $1.1 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.

About Directworks:

Directworks provides cloud-based software solutions purpose-built for manufacturers to improve supplier collaboration, total cost visibility, and the efficiency of sourcing and supplier management activities. Leading manufacturers use Directworks to accelerate product launches, expand margins, and optimize their direct materials supply chain for cost, performance, and risk. Learn more about Directworks at www.directworks.com.

Media Contact: Michael Cross, Directworks, 7249331180, [email protected]

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