Luxury Vinyl Tile Underlayment

Whisper Step® is a luxury vinyl underlayment with unmatched, high-density support under luxury vinyl flooring, and here are two reasons why you need it:

1) It provides significant reduction to impact noise in the room.

2) It’s guaranteed not to break down or bottom out for the life of the floor!

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L&P Annual Shareholders Meeting

It was a gorgeous spring morning for our annual meeting of L&P shareholders in Carthage, MO. And even better — it was the first official event in our brand new conference center!

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Powering Potential with Precision Hydraulic Cylinders (PHC)

As you shop the aisle of the local grocery or relax on the back patio of your house, hydraulic cylinders are probably the last thing on your mind – but this critical component is working behind the scenes in a variety of ways to make these things, and much more, possible.

“From construction applications to materials handling, we’re making people’s lives easier on a global basis,” explains Chris Barclay, President of Precision Hydraulic Cylinders (PHC).

Leggett & Platt’s acquisition of PHC this past January resulted in a natural fit between company cultures and methods of operation. Like many L&P products, PHC’s hydraulic cylinders comprise a small but vital piece in several end products. They are essential to the functionality of equipment like dump trucks, forklifts, truck mounted cranes, and aerial platforms.

Always Right, Always on Time

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Hydraulic cylinders are used for many applications, including critical movement functions in forklifts and dump trucks.

With over 45 years of experience, PHC has proven design and technical support capabilities. But the hydraulic cylinder market also requires highly flexible manufacturing capabilities. Given the large number of configurations available on just one single forklift model, it’s not surprising that PHC’s customers require short lead times on a large product line that are usually built to order.

“PHC is selling a lot more than a high-quality hydraulic cylinder at a good price – we’re offering complete integration with our customer’s manufacturing process,” says Chris.

Providing just-in-time delivery for customers’ assembly-line style manufacturing requires a lot of coordination and sequencing within PHC’s own manufacturing process. But PHC’s commitment to provide the right product on time has enabled them to continue to capture and dominate within the market.

Platform for Growth

The recent boom in e-commerce, and the resulting increase in distribution centers, is driving higher demand for hydraulic cylinders for materials handling equipment. The rest of the hydraulic cylinder market is equally rife with opportunity and PHC is poised to benefit. With manufacturing locations in North Carolina, the United Kingdom, and India servicing mostly regional customers, PHC has a lot of room to grow in other regions of the world.

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“Not only is there potential for geographic expansion, but PHC has a breadth of capabilities that enable it to further penetrate adjacent growing markets, including construction equipment, cranes and aerial work platforms,” explains Ryan Kleiboeker, Director of Business Development for Specialized Products. “L&P has the global operating expertise to help guide PHC’s expansion into these areas, as well as a willingness to invest in the technical manufacturing capabilities to make PHC even more competitive.”

Chris adds, “Being a part of L&P affords us an opportunity to grow the business in a more aggressive way and with confidence that we can effectively support that growth globally.”

We’re Looking For Someone Different

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We’re hiring! And we’re constantly posting new opportunities as we grow. Take a look at our open positions via the “Job Search” tab on our Careers site.

Are you our kind of different?

Everyday Leggett Life in Tistrup, Denmark

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“While visiting our L&P Springs branch in Tistrup, Denmark, I had the chance to capture the magic of the fog on the sea in front of my hotel. It was a very peaceful moment with absolutely no sound or wind.” Nicolas Royer, Division Demand Controller. [Tistrup, Denmark]

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“I was mesmerized by these posts. This second picture, taken on the next day of my stay, is equally as beautiful as the first.” Nicolas Royer, Division Demand Controller. [Tistrup, Denmark]

The Prodigy™ 2.0 +

Leggett & Platt Adjustable Bed Bases are the ideal centerpiece for your customized bedroom haven. This particular base, named the Prodigy™ 2.0 +, caters to your wellness and provides added lumbar support.

With the touch of a button, the bed adapts to whatever position you desire, effortlessly increasing your comfort. Um, yes please!

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Career Planning & Self-Development: Part 2

This article is the second in a two-part series on Career Planning & Self Development.

MushroomLast week, I invited you to ask yourself some foundational questions when planning your next career move. You need to know who you are and what you want, and you need to get curious about the opportunities around you.

But once you know those couple things about yourself, you’re ready to advance to the next level of your career planning!

Fill In the Gaps

Odds are, if you find a listing for your dream job, the required qualifications aren’t going to look like a photocopy of your own resumé. There are probably a few gaps along the path between you and occupational bliss. Whether it’s a certification you don’t have, a degree you never finished, or simply not enough years of related experience, it can be incredibly disheartening to realize you’re still far off from the thing you want.

But there’s good news: You can do something about it! Continue reading

Career Planning & Self-Development: Part 1

I love making plans. There’s something about figuring out what I want and how I’m going to get there that simply excites me. It’s a bit like a puzzle – if I want to get to point A, but I’m way over here at point Q, what’s the best way to close that gap?Video Game Guy 1

For me, it’s a little like playing a video game as a kid. I loved working my way through those old, pixilated games! As an adult, the sense of accomplishment when I put together a smart strategy is the grown-up version of clearing a difficult level in Super Mario Brothers.

It took me a while to realize that not everyone is wired this way.

Perhaps you’re like me and enjoy sitting down with a pen and paper and mapping out a strategy for achieving your future goals. Or, perhaps you’re not like me, and what I just described is your perfect recipe for a panic attack. Either way, when it comes to your career, a little bit of focus and planning can go a long way.

This article is the first in a two-part series where I’ll fill you in on the most important lessons I’ve learned about planning my next career move. In each article, I’ll touch on two major areas that, when all linked together, should help set you on the right path. Continue reading

LP Aerospace Tube and Duct Assemblies

Our LP Aerospace team specializes in creating complex tube and duct assemblies capable of withstanding extreme pressure, temperature, and chemical interaction.

After our materials have gone through the necessary processes, we’re left with high-performance finished goods – like these pictured – that are ready to be incorporated into assemblies for our customers.

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