Everyday Leggett Life: Adventures in the UK

Train Station

Earlier this summer, our Environmental team spent 8 days in Europe for an Environmental, Health, & Safety conference. Theresa Block, Randi Parmley, and Drinda Smith of Corporate Environmental Affairs. [Piccadilly Train Station, Manchester, UK]

Manchester Cathedral

“We were in awe of gorgeous architecture like this cathedral!” Drinda Smith, Corporate Environmental Auditor. [Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, UK]

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Women in Leadership: Meet Griselda Ramos

“Take risks! Dive in! If you see a project of interest, volunteer for it. This marks you as a go-getter and someone who can be trusted with even more.”

Griselda Ramos has excellent insights for people early in their careers. She started her own career with Leggett 18 years ago as a Staff Accountant. “One of the things which really attracted me to Leggett straight out of school was handling several different kinds of accounting. There’s always a different flavor to what I’m doing!”

Griselda has worked in several roles during her tenure with Leggett. “I slowly moved my way up to Senior Accountant, Assistant Controller, and then Controller.” She currently serves as Regional Controller for our Fashion Bed Group (FBG).

Griselda and friends

Griselda Ramos (left) pictured with a few of her colleagues. From left to right are Wanda Bonilla (Customer Support Manager), Linda Hickey (Sr. VP of Operations for FBG), Debbie Choate (Customer Service Manager), and Julie Kee (HR Manager).

Her dedication and consistent performance are precisely why her manager nominated her for the Emerging Leader Academy, a Leggett program that provides training and development for our emerging leaders. “The Academy has been extremely beneficial,” she said. “It has really forced me to ask, ‘What can I do better in my role?’ and ‘What could I do differently for the company?’” Continue reading

Ennis Spring: How a Manufacturing Facility Has Become More Like a Family

Ennis, Texas is a town of about 20,000 people just south of Dallas, and it’s here you’ll find Ennis Spring, one of our bedding operations that employs about 300 people. At the very heart of this operation are many long-term employees who love what they do, and it’s modeled from the top down. Kevin Fincher and Steve Prokop, Branch Manager and Manufacturing Manager respectively, have both been with Leggett for over 30 years! It’s this culture of dedication, hard work, and camaraderie that truly makes Ennis Spring unique.

But don’t take it from us. Here are five employees to describe, in their own words, what working at Ennis Spring has meant to them personally and professionally:

 

Clarence Butcher

Clarence claims the unofficial title of Ennis Spring’s longest tenured employee. He started as a Material Handler on July 30, 1969 – and let me do that math for you… that’s 48 years! He has continued in that position through his entire employment. “I like what I do and the people I work with,” Clarence said. “I hope to be with Leggett for another 20 years!”

 

 

Angie Moya

Angie started her career with Leggett as Chop Saw Operator in 2008. After a year, she moved into her current position as a Tag Control Clerk. Angie loves the company and said the managers and supervisors are great, and that’s why she stays. Even though retirement age is upon her, she still plans to remain with Leggett for another 10 or even 15 years!

 

 

 

Gary Farmer

Gary is the Safety Director at Ennis Spring and has been with the company since 1982. He started in the shop and worked there for 5 years before moving on to other positions. “I’ve done a little bit of everything, but I’ve been in my current position for 25 years. I love coming to work!” Gary has appreciated the flexibility Leggett provides, especially while his kids were growing up. Now, he appreciates the family-like feel at Ennis. “Everyone here cares for one another and each other’s families. That’s rare.”

 

Santiago Hernandez

Santiago started as a Helical Die Maker in 1985. Later that year, Leggett introduced clipping machines into the manufacturing process. Santiago was the first employee at Ennis Spring to learn how to operate the clipping machine and is still doing it today! He’s turned down opportunities to move up, simply because he loves what he’s doing – and he excels at it. His coworkers appreciate his keen ability to train new hires to run the machines. He says he appreciates being treated well by everyone and feels valued as an employee.

 

Melissa McAskill

Melissa McAskill

Melissa joined Ennis Spring in 2015. With 10 years of prior experience in Human Resources, she serves as HR Manager at Ennis. Melissa seeks out employees who will make an impact and who aren’t afraid to work hard. “We are proud to promote from within and provide our employees opportunities for growth,” she said. “Many have spent most of their lives working with us. Over 34% of our employees have worked with us for more than 15 years and 12% for more than 30! You just don’t see that anymore!” The culture fostered at Ennis is truly special.

Redesigned with You in Mind: Fashion Bed’s New Website

We’re on a roll with revamping our websites for your streamlined experience. The modernized website for our Fashion Bed Group allows you to filter the complete line of residential products by category, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. The site also offers 360° photography, and you can scope out every detail on the products you love. Soon we’ll be adding a dealer locator so you can find a retail location near you.

Check out the changes! And be sure to follow Fashion Bed on Facebook and Instagram!

Fashion BedBarstoolsBedding Textiles

Doors 2017: Highlights From Our Summer Program

We recently wrapped up our Doors 2017 Summer Intern Program, and we couldn’t wait to share some highlights with you. This year, we set a new record for the most participating interns since the program began. We enjoyed a variety of activities throughout the summer, from lunch games to professional development sessions to volunteering for a local charity. The program culminated with each intern presenting their summer’s projects in front of peers and executives.

Here are a few photos to recap our summer of fun and hard work!

Brain breaks are always needed. What better way than by playing games over lunch!

Rachel Heisten, Director of Succession and Talent Acquisition, presented on the topic of Professionalism during one of our Lunch & Learn sessions.

Rachel Heisten, Director of Succession & Talent Acquisition, presented on the topic of professionalism during one of our Lunch & Learn sessions.

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Redesigned with You in Mind: Our Bedding Group’s New Website

We’ve done it again! Much like our recent revamp of the LP Adjustable Bed Group website, we also rebuilt the website for our Bedding Group – all so your experience will be simpler and more efficient.

Built on a responsive framework, the new and improved site allows for a consistent user experience across any device! We also modernized the design and streamlined navigation, expanded the site’s resources and education sections, and simplified the contact form so it’s much easier for you to request information if you need it.

Go ahead… take a peek!

Bedding Group New Website

Everyday Leggett Life: Travel Perks

Emily Larson

“When I traveled to our Gribetz facility to help interview candidates, I took a little time to visit the beautiful Everglades.” Emily Larson, Talent Advisor at Corporate. [Sunrise, Florida, USA]

Don Fifer

“Fine dining at a Japanese restaurant during a business trip.” Don Fifer, Sales Account Manager for the Adjustable Bed Group. [Shanghai, China]

Nathan Herndon

“During a whirlwind trip to Specitubes, we ventured into the nearby town of Samer on our way to Paris. I enjoyed meeting some more of the people who make this Company great.” Nathan Herndon, IT Director at Corporate. [Samer, France]