Industrial Scientific Corporation

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Industrial Scientific Corporation
IndustryPersonal Protective Equipment
HeadquartersPittsburgh, United States
Key people
Justin McElhattan (President)
Kenton McElhatten (Founder)
ProductsGas detectors
Number of employees

Industrial Scientific Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, designs and manufactures gas detection products that protect workers from hazardous conditions around the world. Key markets include utilities, chemical production, oil and gas, steel and coke, paper industry, fire service, construction, military, insurance companies, food service, and general industry.

Industrial Scientific has major operations in Shanghai, China; Arras, France; Sherwood Park, Canada, and Dortmund, Germany. Manufacturing, product development, and repairs are based in their Pittsburgh headquarters.[1] The company’s competitors include Mine Safety Appliances, RAE Systems, and Dräger.[2]


Industrial Scientific designs and manufactures various styles of intrinsically safe gas detection equipment designed to be work as personal protective equipment or as an area monitoring solution. Industrial Scientific also develops a software as a service product called Predictive Solutions.


Industrial Scientific began in 1976 as the Research Division of the National Mine Service Company (NMS) with a focus on developing instrumentation to detect methane gas.[3][4] In 1985, NMS sold the division to founder Kenton McElhattan, and Industrial Scientific started its operations as a private company.[3] The catalyst for the separation stemmed from an argument with NMS's Scottish majority owner over a used microscope worth $600.[5][6]

In 2015, Industrial Scientific moved into a new 200,000 square foot headquarters in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, consolidating their operations from four buildings in Oakdale, Pennsylvania and Findlay Township, Pennsylvania into one.[7]

In 2017, Industrial Scientific was acquired by Fortive, the parent company of Fluke, Tektronix, Matco Tools, among others.[8]


In 2006, Industrial Scientific acquired Oldham S.A. of Arras, France, a company primarily manufacturing fixed gas monitoring Systems.[9]

In 2008, Industrial Scientific acquired DBO2, a company using a self developed data mining software to predict and forestall safety problems primarily in the building industry.[10]


  1. ^ CrunchBase. "Industrial Scientific." Retrieved Apr 11, 2013.
  2. ^ Wikinvest. "Competition." Retrieved Apr 26, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "About Us". Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  4. ^ Todd, Deborah (27 December 2011). "Coal's Power: New technology makes mines safer". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  5. ^ Litvak, Anya (29 November 2017). "Rooted in faith and mining, Kenton McElhattan forged his own path". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  6. ^ Spatter, Sam (12 October 2012). "Real estate notes: Industrial Scientific headquarters to open by 2015". Tribune-Review. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  7. ^ Iglar, Andrea (16 August 2012). "Industrial Scientific moving to Robinson". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Industrial Scientific Welcomes New Owner, Fortive Corporation". 28 July 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  9. ^ Kim Leonard, Highbeam Research. "Industrial acquires Oldham." May 13, 2006. Retrieved Apr 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Laura Walter, Highbeam Business. "Industrial Scientific acquires DBO2.(Community)." Feb 1, 2008. Retrieved Apr 8, 2013.

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