Safety Spotlight on L&P Brazil

Our team in Brazil is committed to fostering a strong safety culture.

The team created a Safety Internal Commission of cross-functional employees who meet monthly to discuss current safety topics. Employees are encouraged to share their thoughts through a continuous improvement program, and they can use an onsite system to alert the safety team of any workplace safety concern.

Gustavo Lemos, Managing Director, summed up the team’s safety philosophy: “Safety is our most important value. We have a mantra – safety first, then quality, then productivity. There is no room for shortcuts.”

A recent photo of our team in Brazil circling up for a safety discussion.

Honoring Juneteenth

June 19 is Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. and freedom of African Americans. While the Emancipation Proclamation became official in 1863, it took an additional 2.5 years for all states to recognize the end of slavery.

At L&P, we remain committed to the values and principles that have made our company strong for 139 years – a belief in respect, integrity, and inclusion. These are the cornerstones of a culture that values every person and every voice – no matter their race.

To learn more about the history of Juneteenth, you can view these resources.

Happy Pride!

Pride month commemorates and celebrates LGBTQ+ activism and culture through the years. It’s a time to uplift and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

At L&P, we recently made a contribution to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ youth.

What can each of us do in honor of Pride? We can learn, reflect, and take positive action. A few ideas include:

  • Attending local Pride festivals.
  • Visiting gay-owned businesses.
  • Watching a historical documentary. For example, “Stonewall at 50” tells the story of the 1969 uprising that inspired current Pride celebrations.
  • Learning more to become an even better workplace ally and advocate.

Happy Pride!

Meet a Hardware Engineer at L&P

“As part of the electronics hardware team, I help design and develop electronic control modules for some of our seat comfort products. My favorite part of my job is when I’m faced with a complex hardware problem to solve.

I enjoy investigating the issue and analyzing the data to figure out what happened and how. It’s satisfying when I can help find an optimal solution!”

Caitlin Vicary
Hardware Engineer for Automotive Electronics
Lakeshore, Ontario, Canada

Honoring our Heroes

Today, we honor the sacrifice that so many have made to protect our freedom. Thank you for your service.

Advancing Sustainable Products at Leggett & Platt Automotive

At L&P, our products are increasingly important in helping customers achieve their sustainability goals. We strive to minimize the environmental impacts of our products across their lifecycle. Our businesses are building sustainability into product development processes and designing products for improved durability, recovery, and recycling at end of life.

Our Automotive business has implemented several sustainable product development activities including the use of recycled and alternative materials and a reduction in raw material usage. Here are a few examples:

♻ Recycled polypropylene or nylons are used in some of our components, such as basket comfort shields, actuator housings, and overmolded suspensions.

⤴ Evolution in product design has resulted in the use of ferrite magnets instead of rare earth magnets, thereby reducing the use of rare earth minerals.

💡 Innovation in product design has led to the reduction of raw materials and weight. The weight of our mechanical lumbar support product has been reduced by 70%, to less than 1.5 pounds (600 grams) over time. 

As a leading designer and manufacturer of automotive seating support and comfort systems, these product stewardship examples demonstrate how our business is partnering to support automotive manufacturers in achieving their environmental goals.

Thank you for your support, MSC & Indiana Safety!

We recently recognized two of our suppliers for their dedicated support of Leggett & Platt during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, we developed safety protocols to keep our employees safe, and MSC and Indiana Safety have played a major role in providing us with needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and other various supplies.

We are grateful for your partnership and continued support!

MSC

We presented MSC with an award for continued support of PPE supplies to L&P globally. They provided essential PPE supplies, including N95 masks, nitrile gloves, and electrostatic foggers.

Pictured left to right:

  • Matt Rushing, Territory Inventory Specialist at MSC
  • Steve Thallas, District Manager for Key Accounts at MSC
  • Amy Murphy, Business Development Executive at MSC
  • Jim Gatterer, Headquarter Manager for National Accounts at MSC
  • Brandon Rogers, Branch Manager at L&P Super Sagless

Indiana Safety

Indiana Safety also received an award for continued support of PPE supplies to L&P.

The team helped by providing disposable masks, nitrile gloves, and TB Quat disinfectant.

Pictured left to right:

  • Austin Bush, Vice President/Director of Sales at Indiana Safety
  • Scott Cullison, Regional Sales Manager at Indiana Safety
  • Vanessa Gile, Commodity Manager at L&P
  • Kevin Bush, President at Indiana Safety

Happy Retirement, Marty!

Congratulations to Marty Carpino for retiring after 36 years of service to our L&P Carthage Wire Mill!

In Marty’s words:

“I’ve spent the last 36 years working at the L&P Wire Mill. I started in 1986, when Ronald Reagan was the U.S. President. The Kansas City Royals won the World Series the year before I started, and I had to wait until 2015 for them to win another.

Thanks to L&P, I traveled to Washington, D.C.; Kouts, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; Worcester, Massachusetts; and many other places. On the trip to D.C., I had the opportunity to be at a meeting with Vice President Al Gore on safety in the workplace.

Today I look forward to my new beginnings in retirement. To all of my coworkers, thanks for all the memories. That is what I will miss most!”

A Peek Behind the Scenes: Spotlight on L&P’s Imaging Team

At L&P, we manufacture countless products across several industries – bedding, home and work furniture, aerospace, and automotive to name a few. To help our businesses make their products and stories stand out, our in-house team of dedicated designers, photographers, and videographers work together to bring their creative visions to life.

Meet the L&P Imaging team, the folks behind the lenses (and screens).

Evan Younker, Imaging Director

As part of the Imaging team, my days and tasks can vary wildly from one to the next. Generally, I will be either capturing or directing a photo/video shoot in the studio or on location, editing video or photos, or managing and prepping for future projects.

I’ve always enjoyed making and creating things of all kinds. I started shooting video on my parents’ VHS camcorder when I was young and have enjoyed video production and photography since. Initially, I wanted to do feature film production, but I now enjoy producing content for a variety of products and projects.

What I enjoy most about my role is learning and growing a variety of skillsets. Project management, marketing consultation, art direction, and video production are all elements of what I do at L&P. I enjoy being involved in all aspects of the process.

Tony Monteleone, Video Production Editor

Every day in my role as a Video Production Editor is different, and that really makes my job rewarding. My tasks all fall into the pre-production, production, post-production circle; and often we have multiple projects happening simultaneously. During the day, it’s not uncommon to discuss a storyboard in the morning then spend the afternoon on set capturing images or fine-tuning a video.

My interest in filming probably started somewhere between my grandma giving me film boxes to teeth on and dad buying a VHS camcorder in the early 90’s – I’ve just always enjoyed telling stories through images.

Teamwork is the most valuable aspect of my role. We all bring unique experience and outstanding technical knowledge to the projects. I always look forward to what happens when we combine those talents and deliver content that exceeds client expectations.

Kayley Baumhover, Interior Designer

A typical day as an Interior Designer at L&P is usually spent looking for props, photoshopping sets, tracking budgets, meeting with clients to discuss their vision and ideas, and making revisions so that everyone is on the same page and telling the same story.

I’ve always loved to create – I went to school for theatre and took multiple design classes in college. My dad is also a general contractor, so I’ve learned a lot about design just by being around him!

I really enjoy the sense of pride when finishing a creative project. Seeing ideas come to life is such an amazing and gratifying feeling. I enjoy working in a team environment that’s focused on and working towards a common goal. Seeing that goal completed is one of my favorite feelings!

Levi DeWitt, Editor/Motion Designer II

In my role, I spend most days editing videos in After Effects or Premiere Pro, but on production days, I’m either in the studio or on-site filming.

Graphics and video production have been one of my biggest passions for years. Being a part of a team that works to bring ideas to life is part of what thrills me about creative work. I studied graphic communications at Pittsburg State University hoping that someday I could find a position with a company’s in-house graphics team. I assumed I would have to move to a big city to find that, but little did I know that I’d find exactly what I was looking for right here in Carthage!

I love the variety and challenge of my work – our team receives all sorts of requests from L&P’s variety of businesses. It’s a lot of fun to approach new project as a problem and work together to find the best way to solve it.

Tyler Kosiorek, Photographer

One of my favorite elements of being an L&P photographer is the variety of work I get to do. I might be on set taking photos one day and re-touching images the next. When I think I’ve finally found a typical workday, something new pops up.

About 25 years ago, I picked up a camera and haven’t put it down since. Consequently, I went to school for art and decided to round out my education with an additional degree in commercial photography. I still get to make art with a camera, which is what I really enjoy doing.

I’m so thankful that I’m able to come to work and create something every single day – I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.