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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.

Photo Gallery: L&P Golf Scramble for United Way

On August 27, Leggett & Platt hosted the 5th annual Golf Scramble to benefit the Carthage Area United Way. A total of 48 teams – our biggest turnout yet – competed throughout the day in the golf scramble, poker tournament, and hole-in-one and putting contests. Altogether we raised $13,000! We couldn’t have made the day successful without the players, corporate sponsors, and our 50 volunteers. Here are some of our favorite photos from the day!

5 Office Must-Haves: Jim Williams in Accounting

If you want to get to know Leggett & Platt, you should get to know our people first. What better way for you to do that than by seeing a few of their favorite things.

Jim’s role: Staff Vice President in Accounting

Job in a nutshell: Leading a team that ensures the accuracy of Leggett’s financial information, reinforces the integrity of internal controls, and continuously improves existing processes.

Jim Williams FINAL

  1. Calculator – Because I’m an accountant.
  2. Dilbert Calendar – Deadlines are important in accounting: month-end, quarter end, year-end, plus quarterly and yearly audits. This calendar keeps me up-to-date and on track, while Dilbert keeps me laughing.
  3. Red Stapler – It’s a Swingline. I’m honoring a great movie by keeping this stapler on my desk.
  4. Fountain Pen – I write with a fountain pen because it’s like a trip back in time.
  5. Mr. Potato Heads – This is just a sampling of my collection! My first two Mr. Potato Heads were Darth Spud and Spud Trooper from Star Wars. I saw them in an ad and my wife surprised me with them for Christmas. Over the years, my team members have gifted me many others to expand my collection.

Want to see more? Check out the series introduction.

Keeping You in Mind: New & Improved Careers Site

Pssssssst. Have you noticed? The Leggett & Platt Careers site looks a bit different these days. And the fresh look is more than a new coat of paint—it’s an overhaul of the site to simplify your job search.

We’ve made it easy to find information about how to apply and what it’s like to work at Leggett. The new site contains fun videos, graphics, and a completely revamped Doors internships page.

Consider it our way of pulling back the curtain so that you can feel well-informed and well-prepared during every step of your job search. Come take a look!

Leggett & Platt - New Career Site

Photo Gallery: Environmental Affairs Hosts Second Annual Green Fling

On April 22, our Corporate Conference Center transformed into “The Greatest Show on Earth Day” as the Environmental Affairs team hosted the second annual Green Fling. Employees enjoyed a morning of games, fortune telling, popcorn, cotton candy, music, and giveaways. Various community vendors shared ways we can better care for our environment, offered free plants and trees, and even collected employees’ recyclable household materials on-site. Here are some of our favorite photos!


Employee Spotlight: How an IT Intern Makes His Mark in a Manufacturing Company

For proof that we hire some of the most talented and unique interns around, meet Charlie Kovacs.

By day, Charlie attends Missouri State University, where he’s wrapping up his senior year in a Computer Information Systems and Management program. By night, Charlie plays guitar in a garage punk band called The Scamps, and the ‘60s throwback group recently produced their first record.

On top of a busy college and music schedule, Charlie commutes an hour from Springfield, Missouri several days per week to work as an Information Technology (IT) Intern at Leggett & Platt’s Corporate Office in Carthage. Continue reading

Going Places Together: Leggett & Platt Hosts a Reception at Missouri State University

signsWe’re always searching for the best and brightest talent at Leggett & Platt. On November 5, our Talent Acquisition team hosted a reception on the campus of Missouri State University to strengthen relationships with faculty and staff.

Leggett & Platt employees including some of our leaders, managers, and MSU alumni, joined faculty and staff from across the university for an afternoon of networking and presentations. The event sparked new conversations about how L&P and MSU can work together to help students reach their potential and find opportunities after college.

Guest speakers from Leggett & Platt included Karl Glassman, President & COO, and Eric Rhea, President of the Bedding Group. MSU guest speakers included Clif Smart, President, and Jill Wiggins, Director of the Career Center. Continue reading

Spotlight: How an Engineering Intern Kept On Keeping On (And How it Has Paid Off)

If there’s one quality David Redick embodies, it’s commitment. While working in an auto body shop, his commitment to providing for his family led him back to college at 30 years old. His commitment to learning led him to pursue an engineering degree and an internship at Leggett & Platt. And his commitment to excellence during his internship led to employment as a Junior Engineer on our Bedding Product Development team.

DSC_9381Currently, he’s only two semesters away from graduation and a role as a full-time Product Engineer. Even with a busy school and work schedule, he managed to make time for an interview.

1. How did you get your start with Leggett?

I began as a Drafting Intern for the IDEA Center in 2012. As a student at Pittsburg State University, I heard about an internship opportunity with Leggett. After talking with my advisor about it, I interviewed and got the job! I was very excited to be part of the initial group of DOORS interns that year. Continue reading

Spotlight: How a Production Manager Keeps Operations Running Smoothly

South Africa.

These are a few of Shannon Vande Velde’s favorite places on earth. “I love browsing travel websites to see what places and packages look appealing…my husband and 11 year-old daughter like to give their input too.” When she isn’t travelling, Shannon works for Schukra North America as a Production Area Manager. The Leggett & Platt facility in Lakeshore, Ontario, Canada produces lumbar systems for the automotive industry, and Shannon co-directs production operations.


Before joining Schukra in 2002, she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor; in 2004, she obtained an MBA with a focus in operations management. Shannon began her career in accounting at a truck and engine manufacturing company. However, after finishing Six Sigma Black Belt training, she realized she had a passion for operations and moved into a production supervisor role.

What do you enjoy about working at Schukra of North America?

We have a great company culture. Our 450 employees here cover three shifts so we stay very busy. We shipped out over 2 million lumbar units in June alone! But—even with a heavy workload—our employees are upbeat, friendly, and cooperative with each other. We promote quality in our finished goods and strive to maintain a safe work environment, both of which enhance our culture. Continue reading

Spotlight: How an Engineer Kept an Open Mind and Found Her Life’s Work

Silvia Wixson loves a challenge — but she also loves making an impact on those around her. She found both in her current role: “Ever since I first learned about the company, I’ve been drawn to Leggett & Platt and wanted to be part it.”

Originally from Paraguay, Silvia settled in Pittsburg, Kansas with her husband and three children (who she’ll tell you keep her very busy with softball season in full swing) where she received her Master’s degree in Engineering Technology from Pittsburg State University. Through a combination of quality assurance and engineering roles with an automotive supplier, Silvia learned about lean manufacturing where she discovered her passion for continuous improvement.

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