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Meaghan Younker

Good conversation–there’s nothing better. I’ve always been a fan of people and the stories they tell. I started my career as a Talent Advisor for Leggett & Platt and got to hear good stories every day throughout the hiring process. Now I'm a Communications Specialist and find myself telling good stories through writing. When I’m not at work, I enjoy photography–telling my own story from behind a camera lens. I’ve also been known to write a poem or two, which stems from a long-held interest in creative writing. After dreaming up wild characters and fantastical plots as a kid, I guess I just couldn’t keep my ideas in my head any longer. Someday you should ask me about Chester the Mini Dragon.

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]

Everyday Leggett Life: Because Work Can Be Fun!

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“We’ve been able to explore France during a recent audit. It took us many attempts to get this jumping picture along the English Channel!” Sarah Bentz. Internal Auditor. [Neufchâtel-Hardelot, France]

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“Just having a few laughs on the shop floor.” Tom Howard, Operations Shop Manager at Adjustable Bed. [Carthage, Missouri, USA]

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“After a recent snowfall, I took my cross-country skis out for a spin over lunch!” Emily Larson, Talent Advisor at Corporate. [Ruby Jack Trail, Carthage, Missouri, USA]

There’s Always a Better Way: Lean Manufacturing at Winchester Spring

As one of our core values, Continuous Improvement affects everything we do at Leggett & Platt. According to CEO Karl Glassman, “The potential for ingenuity is present in every business unit, facility, and position here at Leggett & Platt. We’re all counting on one another to keep improving and keep looking for a better way.”

For the team at Winchester Spring, finding a better way has certainly paid off.

Starting a Lean Pilot Program

Several years ago, the Bedding Group recognized a need to improve our competitive position, increase profits, and retain valuable employees. Eric Rhea, President  of the Bedding Group, proposed an initiative for a lean pilot program, and Winchester Spring in Winchester, Kentucky volunteered to be the first to participate.

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According to Chuck Denisio, Branch Manager, “The idea of implementing lean tools really complemented everything we’d been trying to accomplish at Winchester. I raised my hand because I wanted to get in at the ground floor of something new and exciting.”

Howard DeCelis, Staff VP of Continuous Improvement, was charged with starting the lean program at Winchester Spring. A lean program, just one of many continuous improvement methods, is the systematic process of identifying and eliminating waste. So, in 2016, a cross-functional Corporate team and a small team at Winchester began to do just that.

After overview training and employing basic tools and principles, they found numerous areas of opportunity. Howard admits, “We quickly learned that we exposed more problems than we had resources to address them.”

Numerous Projects = Numerous Cost Savings

One early success was a project involving the setup of new, complex, and expensive PA494 machines, which produce the Quantum Edge Comfort Core mattress. A team led by Brian Hill, Caleb Winburn, and Richard Trent underwent a four-day process of observation and analysis to determine how to save time with machine setup.

They utilized a lean tool called a SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Dies), which is a system for drastically reducing the time it takes to complete equipment changeovers. The result of the SMED was a 67% reduction in hours worked to set up the machines, which added additional production capacity due to reduced time performing changeovers.

The SMED team for the PA494 project.

Another recent win came after the branch had received customer complaints about mis-tagged mattresses. As part of the lean program, Howard sent a team for a Rapid Continuous Improvement (RCI) event, which is a 4-day workshop of intense focus. They analyzed step-by-step how the products moved through the tagging process. “We looked at man, machine, materials and method,” says Howard, “and we brainstormed every possibility that could go wrong with correctly tagging the product, then targeted and eliminated those possibilities.”

The result was a huge win. Since “mistake-proofing” the tagging process, the branch hasn’t received any additional complaints.

The team at Winchester hopes for more success stories to come. “This lean program has been so good for our branch,” says Chuck. “The opportunities for future improvement are endless, and that’s been my drive. Change is not optional. If you don’t change and you don’t improve, you’ll get left behind.”

Everyday Leggett Life in Cologne, Germany

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“As a Sales Rep, I get to visit our Kintec-Solutions company in Reitberg, Germany. During a recent trip, I traveled to nearby Cologne and saw the Hohenzollern Bridge. You might notice the Cologne Cathedral in the background!” Patrick Third, Sales Representative for International Home Furniture Components. [Cologne, Germany]

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“The  Hohenzollern Bridge crosses the River Rhine. I discovered it during a morning jog!” Patrick Third, Sales Representative for International Home Furniture Components. [Cologne, Germany]

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“The bridge holds thousands of ‘love locks’ from its visitors. Pretty cool!” Patrick Third, Sales Representative for International Home Furniture Components. [Cologne, Germany]

 

7 Things We Learned in 2017

Happy New Year from Leggett & Platt! As we roll into 2018, we thought we’d recap 2017 with a few of our favorite posts.

We learned how challenging and rewarding a startup business can be – and how our team in KC is bracing for future growth.

We learned how challenging and rewarding a startup business can be – and how our team in KC is bracing for future growth.

We learned through a new series that the world is filled with beautiful places to explore!

We learned through a new series that the world is filled with beautiful places to explore!

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We learned how our interns spent their summers at L&P making an impact – and we loved hearing their stories.

We learned how to bring more creativity into the workplace.

We learned how to bring more creativity into the workplace.

We learned that some of our coworkers actually feel more like family.

We learned that some of our coworkers actually feel more like family.

We learned through Griselda’s career advice what it means to take a risk.

We learned through Griselda’s career advice what it means to take a risk.

We learned that Instagram is a pretty cool platform for manufacturing photos!

We learned that Instagram is a pretty cool platform for manufacturing photos. Follow us!

Everyday Leggett Life Takes Us Sightseeing

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“During a recruiting trip, I visited the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers in High Point, North Carolina – the home furnishings capital of the world!” Emily Larson, Talent Advisor at Corporate. [High Point, North Carolina, USA]

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“A little exploration in NYC after completing the 2-day BDNY 2017 Trade Fair.” Whitney Warren, International Project Manager. [New York City, USA]

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“During an audit trip to Seattle, we had a beautiful day of kayaking around Lake Union.” Ryan August, Internal Auditor. [Lake Union, Washington, USA]

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“Amazing fall colors in Grand Rapids.” Ryan August, Internal Auditor. [Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA]

Moving Overseas: How a Remote Auditor Balances Work, Travel, and Adventure

Andrea Dold was drawn to Leggett & Platt for the opportunity to travel and work with people across the world. After studying accounting, fraud examination, and technical writing at Pittsburg State University, she started her career with L&P in December 2010.

Andrea holds a unique position with the company because she works remotely. In fact, she recently moved even further away from the Corporate office. This past June, Andrea relocated to Ingolstadt, Germany, primarily due to her husband’s position in the Air Force. She will be living and working there for the next two years.

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Andrea Dold and her husband take in the sights of Germany.

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Photo Gallery: Recap of MFG Day!

Last Friday, manufacturers across the United States celebrated Manufacturing Day, also known as MFG Day, by opening their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing. It’s a day meant to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

This year, eight L&P locations hosted MFG Day activities:

  • Carthage Spring in Carthage, Missouri
  • Ennis Spring in Ennis, Texas
  • Monroe Spring in Monroe, Georgia
  • Pegasus in Middletown, Connecticut
  • Flex-O-Lators in Carthage, Missouri
  • Davidson Plyforms in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Genesis Seating in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Adjustable Bed – Spring Hill in Spring Hill, Florida

Among these participating branches, we welcomed over 1,200 guests! Some notable distinguished guests included Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, State Senator Bill Cowsert, and State Representative Vernon Jones at Monroe Spring. Flex-O-Lators welcomed Missouri Senator Ron Richard, Missouri Chamber President Dan Mehan, former MO Representative Tom Flanigan, and Chad Massman, Project Manager for the Dept of Economic Development.

Here are a few favorite photos from the day!