Industrial Scientific Corporation

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Industrial Scientific Corporation
Industry Personal Protective Equipment
Founded 1985
Headquarters Pittsburgh
Key people
Justin McElhattan, CEO
Products gas detectors
Revenue IncreaseUS$200 million (2007)
Number of employees
Website [1]

Industrial Scientific Corporation, or ISC, develops, manufactures, and services fixed and portable gas detection equipment. Key markets include utilities, chemical production, oil and gas, steel and coke, paper industry, fire service, construction, military, insurance companies, food and drinks, and general industry. Industrial Scientific Corporation is active worldwide, either direct or through distributors.

Industrial Scientific Corporation is based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Oakdale in Pennsylvania.[1][2] The Pittsburgh operations does manufacturing, development, and services of ISC products in the USA. Industrial Scientific has major operations in Shanghai, China; Arras, France; and Dortmund, Germany.[3] The company’s competitors include Mine Safety Appliances, RAE Systems, and Dräger.[4]

ISC was founded in 1976 as research and development department of the National Mine Service Company (NMS).[5] This department had been founded to develop portable detection equipment for methane. In 1985 NMS sold this department to part of the departments management and ISC started operation as a private company.[6]

In 2006, ISC acquired Oldham S.A. of Arras, France, a company primarily manufacturing fixed gas monitoring Systems.[7]

In 2008, ISC acquired DBO2, a company using a self developed data mining software to predict and forestall safety problems primarily in the building industry.[8]


  1. ^ Paul J. Gough, Pittsburgh Business Times. "Industrial Scientific to add 40 jobs." Aug 16, 2012. Retrieved Jan 15, 2013.
  2. ^ Andrea Iglar, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Industrial Scientific moving to Robinson." Aug 9, 2012. Retrieved Jan 15, 2013.
  3. ^ CrunchBase. "Industrial Scientific." Retrieved Apr 11, 2013.
  4. ^ Wikinvest. "Competition." Retrieved Apr 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek. "Company Overview of Industrial Scientific Corporation." Retrieved Apr 10, 2013.
  6. ^ The Pennsylvania Freemason. "A Modern-Day Renaissance Man." Retrieved Apr 10, 2013.
  7. ^ Kim Leonard, Highbeam Research. "Industrial acquires Oldham." May 13, 2006. Retrieved Apr 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Laura Walter, Highbeam Business. "Industrial Scientific acquires DBO2.(Community)." Feb 1, 2008. Retrieved Apr 8, 2013.