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Doors 2019: Highlights From Our Summer Program

Doors_4C_primaryWith fall just around the corner (can you believe it?), we say goodbye to another incredible internship class. This summer, we hosted 19 Doors interns participating from various Corporate departments, three local branches, and even Switzerland!

Our interns enjoyed getting to know each other through social events, developmental opportunities, tours of local operations, and exposure to company leaders. The summer finished strong with their final presentations and a closing luncheon to recognize their achievements.

Here are a few glimpses into our summer!

As Doors kicked off, several former interns (now full-time employees) shared advice on how to get the most out of the internship. Each intern was also paired with an employee ambassador who answered questions and mentored them throughout the summer.

Doors interns contribute to L&P through meaningful work. Joe Elledge, a Machine Design Engineering Intern, designed and built several tools which are now being utilized on the production floor.

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Combi-Zone® Provides Superior Support

Combi-Zone® offers more than just a really enviable name. The units feature coils of different heights and diameters in strategically positioned comfort zones to provide superior support to main pressure points, like the hips, back, and shoulders.

And we like the sound of that.

A Day in the Life of L&P’s Exhibits & Events Team

With 83 tradeshows planned this year, L&P’s Exhibits & Events team is constantly on the go. Today we shadowed Autumn Bjugstad, Project Manager, to give you a glimpse into a typical workday for their staff — there’s rarely a dull moment.

8:25 am: After grabbing her coffee, Autumn gets to work designing a tradeshow booth space. Members of the team are responsible for their assigned events from start to completion. This includes event registrations, managing budgets, designing booth spaces, coordinating signage and video production, and facilitating shipments.

10:15 am: Autumn discusses color palette options with Kyleigh Newell, Account Representative. Her team meets regularly to collaborate on design details and provide each other with project updates.

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Top 5 Qualities of Successful Business Leaders

We asked several L&P Executives one question: What qualities are most important in a business leader?  Here are their responses:

1. “Integrity has to be at the top of the list. It’s a quality that has been deeply embedded in our culture for a very long time. Also on my list are respect, communication skills, and an ability to empower capable people to carry out their own responsibilities.” Susan McCoy, Senior VP – Investor Relations

2. “Intellect, energy, and integrity. I want to hire a person who will demonstrate care for others and who will work and communicate honestly. I want someone on my team who is motivated to jump in and help others and who is willing to define their role broadly.” Mitch Dolloff, Executive VP/COO

3. “I consider personal integrity to be a given. I think a positive attitude is most critical – all else can be learned.” Perry Davis, Executive VP/President of Industrial Products and Residential Products

4. “Leaders have a moral compass which always points North. They also remember that it’s not about them; it’s about the team. This perspective allows them to be open-minded and excellent listeners.” Matt Flanigan, Executive VP/CFO

5. “Simply put, successful leaders must be good people who are sensitive to the needs of others.” Karl Glassman, President & CEO

Consumer Products Vision Systems

Over the past month, we’ve been highlighting people, places, and products within our Furniture Products segment. Today we’re spotlighting a vision system being used by Consumer Products to ensure quality products are delivered to our customers.

At Leggett & Platt, delivering a high-quality product is essential to building successful relationships with our customers. However, managing quality assurance on our product lines involves a great deal of planning, correction, and monitoring.

In January 2018, L&P’s Adjustable Bed team began developing a new product with an existing customer. During that process, they had extensive discussions about ways to ensure complete and consistent manufacturing and delivery of units.

The team ultimately implemented a vision system designed to inspect each unit before it was packaged for delivery. The system is able to electronically analyze critical components of the bed base to determine whether any of the parts are missing or misaligned. If an error is detected, it must be corrected before the unit can continue down the production line for boxing.

The black and white system substantially reduced their defect rating in the first few months. However, as the team analyzed the defects still being reported, they realized a color system could improve their outcomes. They made the upgrade, and both the contrast capabilities and higher pixel count allowed them to inspect even more points on the unit.

With the new vision system in place, the team was able to color code components and add additional quality checkpoints. This allowed the team to exceed their original target defect rate within 10 months!

According to Cody McCormick, Director of Sales: “We are just now gaining steam with this system. We’ve drastically reduced our missing parts warranty signal and have high hopes for other capabilities in the future.”

Top 5 Reasons We Care About Employee Safety

L&P recognizes the critical role that safety plays in all we do ⁠— 24/7 and 12 months a year. Through weekly Tool Box talks, ongoing safety training, monthly safety meetings, and other activities, we continuously strive to protect everyone who walks through our doors. We asked our Corporate Risk Team to share some of the reasons that employee safety is so important at Leggett & Platt. Here are their Top 5:

1. To show respect. Our employees are our greatest asset. It is a duty and moral responsibility of  L&P to look after our employee’s protection. “I’m really proud that we’ve invested in the Safeguard initiative to give our people the tools for a safe work environment,” says CEO Karl Glassman.

2. To help our employees have a better quality of life. We believe our employees should head home from work as good as or better than when they arrived each day.

3. To help reduce workplace stress. It’s our goal to help reduce workplace stress and yield a better quality of life.  We strive to create a culture where our employees safeguard each other, on and off the job, every day.

4. To increase engagement. Safer jobs mean happier employees. Involvement in the safety program improves morale and leads to more long-term partnerships at work. “The most rewarding part of my job is seeing partners become excited about SafeGuard and making their facilities safe.  I consider it an honor to work closely with the branches to come up with solutions to eliminating and reducing hazards,” shares Tammy Jones, Loss Control Engineer.

5. To help the business. A strong safety culture = a more successful business. Safe workplaces contribute to the overall success of the enterprise and all of L&P’s stakeholders.

Photo Gallery: Fun at Joplin’s Third Thursday

Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event when thousands of people fill Main Street Joplin to enjoy local art, music, entertainment, and food.

Last Thursday, Leggett & Platt once again sponsored the festivities and joined the fun. With the help of over 40 L&P volunteers, we took over the 400 block of Main Street in downtown Joplin and set up a product petting zoo, obstacle course, and mattress painting. One of our very own tractor-trailers parked in the middle of the street, ready for guests to hop inside and take a look around. We were eager to greet visitors and tell them more about the unique things we do at L&P.

If you stopped by, thank you! We were glad to meet you. We’re proud to be part of this community, and we can’t wait for the next opportunity to get out there and do some good. We’ll be back, Third Thursday!

Throwback Thursday: Sleep Well

Sleep well and you keep well. Happy Throwback Thursday!

Advertisement from The Taylor Daily Press. September 24, 1923 ⁠(Taylor, Texas)

Motion Furniture Mechanisms

We make motion furniture mechanisms, just like the one below! You can find them in a variety of seating applications: chairs, loveseats, sofas, and outdoor furniture.

Our mechanisms are specifically engineered to offer modular solutions for furniture. Components can be combined to complete a finished chair or seat – with recliner mechanism, headrest, armrest, and more – giving furniture designers a unique level of flexibility.