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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.

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!

Calling All Drivers: A Busy Season of Recruiting at L&P Transportation

It’s been a fast and furious September for our employees at L&P Transportation (although some might say the world of transportation never slows down!). During the last few months, they have been working to add to the team of company truck drivers. Because L&P Transportation is a for-hire transportation provider, our drivers play a critical role in moving goods across the country.

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Christine Kost, Driver Recruiter, with one of our drivers, Mike Allen, at a recent job expo for veterans.

Christine Kost has been with L&P Transportation since June and was hired specifically to engage and recruit new drivers. “I love my job,” Christine said. “I have the gift of gab, which serves me well in this role because I get to talk with so diverse types of people during recruiting events. Drivers come from all walks of life, and I get to know them pretty well.”

To meet new candidates and promote L&P, Christine and the Transportation team have attended numerous recruiting events over the past few weeks. Christine has been eager to showcase L&P since we have a lot to offer potential drivers. “We’re not a traditional trucking company,” she said. “We’re a corporation, so our benefits outweigh what other companies can offer.” Continue reading

Everyday Leggett Life: Adventures in the UK

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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]

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

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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]

Everyday Leggett Life in Western Michigan

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“During a recent trip to interview candidates at Genesis Seating, a colleague showed me around Grand Haven – only a short 40-minute drive from Grand Rapids.” Fredrick Njoroge, Senior Talent Advisor at Corporate. [Grand Haven, Michigan, USA]

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“Sand volleyball on the shores of Lake Michigan!” Fredrick Njoroge, Senior Talent Advisor at Corporate. [Grand Haven, Michigan, USA]

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“After working all day at Genesis Seating, I enjoyed a nice dinner and took in the sights of downtown Grand Rapids.” Fredrick Njoroge, Senior Talent Advisor at Corporate. [Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA]

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“I capped off my trip with a walk down the Grand Haven pier. I’m thankful for the opportunity to enjoy sights like this while on business trips!” Fredrick Njoroge, Senior Talent Advisor at Corporate. [Grand Haven, Michigan, USA]

Everyday Leggett Life: How We Work

Kevin Nolte

“Learn. Work. Have fun. I try to keep all three balanced throughout my day, and my workspace shows it!” Kevin Nolte, Mechanical Engineer at Adjustable Bed. [Carthage, Missouri, USA]

Melissa McAskill

“Every day I pass this milestone board, and I’m impressed and inspired by our long-term employees. It says a lot about our branch and Leggett & Platt as a whole.” Melissa McAskill, HR Manager at Ennis Spring. [Ennis, Texas, USA]

“Since I’m in a creative role, I use a lot of sticky notes for reminders and sudden strokes of inspiration.” Abby DeWelt, L&D Design Specialist at Corporate. [Carthage, Missouri, USA]

Everyday Leggett Life in Bentonville, Arkansas

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“After recently attending a three-day L&P leadership conference at Corporate, a friend of mine who lives in Arkansas arranged for his friend to fly me to dinner in his light aircraft!” Simon Dootson, General Manager at David Hart Aerospace Pipes – England. [Joplin, Missouri, USA]

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“The three of us had dinner at The Flying Catfish (great fish tacos!) before we flew back to Joplin, landing on a grass field airstrip after dark.” Simon Dootson, General Manager at David Hart Aerospace Pipes – England. [Bentonville, Arkansas, USA]

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“It was a beautiful sunset and topped off an incredible week visiting Corporate!” Simon Dootson, General Manager at David Hart Aerospace Pipes – England. [somewhere in between Bentonville, Arkansas and Joplin, Missouri]

Photo Gallery: Leggett Learn-A-Rama

Last Friday, our Corporate Office got groovy. The 1970s-themed Learn-A-Rama showcased various departments, the faces behind the scenes, and what exactly they do every day. Our employees strolled through the booths and received helpful info on what goes on outside of their own departments. We played games, snacked, solved puzzles… even danced to the Y.M.C.A.! It was a wild success! Here are a few of our favorite photos from the day.