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Tight-Knit Culture Keeps Mississippi Team Connected

Leggett & Platt’s team at Omega Motion in Tupelo, Mississippi has a longstanding cultural reputation of family, friends, and opportunity. They recently participated in one of several team and community building activities that we featured here on our blog –  but we wanted to know more about their workplace culture firsthand. We asked a few employees to tell us what they love most about Omega Motion. From the sound of it, there’s a lot to love!

John Gory – Branch Manager

John started his journey with Leggett & Platt in 1985 as a drafter at the Super Sagless branch. Over the years, he’s worked his way up through the company to his most recent promotion from a Senior Engineer to Branch Manager at Omega Motion.

“I love the ‘friends and family’ atmosphere here at Omega. We love innovation and thrive on a challenge to invent something that’s never been done before. There is great joy in working with our team to figure out how we can do it, and get it done!”

“This isn’t just a job –  it’s a place to build your career and there’s always room for advancement. If you have a passion for what you’re doing, it’s easy to grow in this company.”

Andy Lesley – Production Supervisor

Andy started working at Super Sagless in 1987 as a machine operator and transferred to Omega Motion in 1999. He was promoted to Line Back-up Lead, then to Line Lead, then to Maintenance. His most recent promotion was in 2019, where he was promoted to Supervisor of the Assembly Department.

“I like the comradery of the people and the many friendships I have made throughout the years here at Omega, along with the opportunities I’ve been given to advance. I’m a proven example of; if you work hard, believe in yourself and others, anything is possible.”

“I still actually enjoy operating a rivet machine to assemble hardware from time to time, to inspire teamwork and to put a competitive edge on each line for reaching their production goals, and then some! When they feel like they’re in a competition, they really work together to get those numbers!”

Misti Lambert – Director of EHS, QC and CI

Misti joined the Omega Team in February of 2014 as the QC/CI Manager. She then gained the responsibility of Safety in March of 2017 and then Environmental in July of 2019.

“I really enjoy my job and the family environment here at Omega! My roles here allow me to interact with the employees daily and hope that I always do my part in making each employee know their importance to our organization. I have an open-door policy and want them to always feel like they can come to me and know that I genuinely care about them and their wellbeing. I have told the manufacturing team often; without you, they don’t need me!”

Omega Motion and Super Sagless are both hiring for roles in their manufacturing facilities! You can apply for open positions at Omega here and Super Sagless here, both located in Tupelo, Mississippi. Keep following our blog to learn more about the positions and culture offered at their facilities.

 

Mississippi Teams Clean Up Their Community

At Leggett & Platt, environmental compliance efforts ensure that air emissions, wastewater discharges, waste handling, and chemical use and storage are in full compliance with all local, state, and federal government regulationsOur Environmental team collaborates with branches to implement and sustain the Eco Initiative, our companywide environmental management system. 

Part of the program extends the Eco Initiative well beyond operations – encouraging L&P employees to take an active role in cleaning up their communities. 

Several L&P branches in Mississippi realized this was even more vital this year. During a time of heightened stress, anxiety, and isolation, many people depend on their parks and green spaces for much-needed relief – mentally, physically, and emotionally. After evaluating the needs in their community, the teams decided to volunteer their time and energy to make improvements at their local Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi 

Four L&P branches were involved in the endeavor: Omega Motion, Super Sagless, Elite Comfort Solutions, and Tupelo Sleeper. Their environmental teams recruited employee-volunteers to provide electrical updates to the Boys and Girls Club facility, clean, trim hedges, pull trees and overgrowth, plant roses, paint safety zones, and more at the adjacent public park.  

“One of the reasons we chose this project was to give the children and staff members at this facility a sense of pride,” said Misti Lambert, Director of Environmental, Safety, Quality, and Continuous Improvement at Omega Motion. “Out of several possible projects in the area, we felt like this would make the biggest impact in our area. We want people to know that L&P is more than just a place to workOur employees want to make a positive impact in our community.” 

The laundry list of improvements might have seemed daunting to most, but fortunately, team members were eager to get started. Some even brought their own equipment to make their efforts more efficient and fast-paced!  

The pictures in the gallery below clearly show the impact this project had in their neighborhood. We appreciate their commitment to Eco Initiative and their efforts to provide a safe, beautiful recreational space for families in their community.  

Are you interested in joining a team that hustles together to Do Some Good? Omega and Super Sagless are both hiring for roles in their manufacturing facilities! You can apply for open positions at Omega here and Super Sagless here, both located in Tupelo, Mississippi. Follow our blog next week to learn more about the positions and culture offered at their facilities.  

Staying Safe and Clean: How Disinfecting Sprayers Work at L&P

Amidst the pandemic, businesses have adopted new safety measures in order to keep employees safe and operations running. Leggett & Platt is no different – our employees around the world continue to make us proud by committing to safety protocols throughout the workday.

As part of our safety efforts, we’re committed to disinfection measures to keep our facilities clean. One new tool we’ve begun to use is a handheld or backpack-style disinfecting sprayer, which allows cleaning teams to disinfect faster and with more complete coverage than traditional disinfectant spray.

These sprayers have been adopted by schools, airlines, gyms, and countless other businesses since the pandemic began.

A member of the cleaning team at our Automotive facility in Juarez, Mexico, puts the electrostatic sprayer to good use on hard-to-clean equipment.

The science behind the sprayers is interesting: they place a positive charge on the cleaning solution before it enters the nozzle, which is then attracted to negatively charged surfaces when sprayed (most surfaces are negatively or neutrally charged). This allows the sprayers to more completely cover commonly touched or hard-to-clean surfaces and equipment.

The benefits of these sprayers are numerous. “There is no need to wipe a surface after spraying, thereby reducing any cross-contamination that wiping surfaces can cause,” says Josh Ford, a member of our Corporate Procurement team.

“They are easy to operate, require minimal training, and spray up to 65% fewer chemicals than traditional sprayers.” Plus, after spraying, it only takes a few minutes for the surface to dry completely, thus requiring no extra work!

L&P Printing Solutions: Creating the Signs You See

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign.

This could never be more true than it is right now. The signage in our facilities is crucial to ensuring our employees stay healthy and informed this year. L&P’s Printing Solutions team plays an integral role in communicating corporate guidance designing, printing, and shipping the signs our teams see every day.

Mary Lytle, Digital Press & Bindery Specialist, carefully sorts and packages a signage order for shipment.

Many of the signs they have created recently were designed to educate and remind workers about the importance of social distancing, wearing masks, and proper hygiene. However, their team is capable of meeting a wide variety of other design and printing needs.

L&P’s internal print shop has the capacity to produce full-color business cards, forms, envelopes, instruction books, labels, and more. For unique printing challenges, such as banners and promotional items, they’ve developed relationships with other printing companies to provide cost-effective outsourcing.

Many of their requests are for L&P facilities. However, L&P Printing Solutions can also work with external clients, with shipping available to anywhere in North America.

“Think of us as your problem solver,” says Susan Chapman, Marketing + Creative Operations Manager. “No matter what printing need someone has, we’ll find a solution. Usually at a better cost, too.”

Signs like these can be seen on the walls throughout our facilities. Many serve as visual reminders to maintain safe and healthy work environments for everyone.

For more information about available services, please contact L&P’s Corporate Office at 417.358.8131 and request to speak with Printing Solutions. 

Delivering PPE to Protect L&P Workers

Leggett & Platt employees have been able to apply their sourcing expertise to procure important supplies and help keep employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. On a typical day, our Corporate Procurement Department is responsible for strategic procurement of raw materials for operations. They conduct feed stock cost tracking, negotiate contracts, and provide projections of material costs for our business units. “Our primary role has been assurance of supply, so a branch is never shut down due to a lack of raw materials,” says Dave Church, Staff Vice President of Procurement.

As the pandemic took hold, they adapted their mission to include additional efforts to protect our employees around the world. “Our leaders are implementing very important health protocols within our branches,” says Dave. “We’re working to support them with all the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need.”

Jeff Vaughn, Senior Commodity Manager, prepares PPE shipments for delivery.

When the pandemic began in late January, Corporate Procurement began sourcing masks and other PPE for branches on a local level. They met early requests by working with L&P’s global network of preferred supply companies. Unfortunately, shortages quickly became an issue.

After reconsidering their process, Dave determined it was necessary to centralize ordering to ensure ongoing availability, and we’ve been able to supply our essential workers with vital equipment during an extremely uncertain time. The team has been ordering general purpose masks, disinfectants, alcohol wipes, gloves, face shields, hand sanitizer, and non-touch thermometers. Long-standing relationships with a diverse range of manufacturing suppliers have allowed the team to purchase the items directly, keeping costs competitive.

Dave Church and Vanessa Gile, Commodity Specialist, have adjusted well to working from home. The system Corporate Purchasing has implemented allows the team to source supplies, forecast supply needs, field incoming PPE requests, complete order paperwork, and manage incoming and outgoing shipments from remote locations.

Bulk orders are delivered to Carthage, Missouri, where the team fills and ships requested supplies directly to each facility. “Branch 0001 in Carthage has generously provided us with storage space near a bay door for incoming shipments,” says Dave. “We’ve even borrowed a few offices from remotely working employees for packing the shipments.”

Almost 500 PPE packages have been shipped to L&P facilities around the world in the past two months. The entire team is proud of the work that they’re doing — most of the recent shipments have gone to support facilities reopening their doors.

“I’m proud to say that we’ve never had to tell a branch we can’t help,” says Dave. “Even when dealing with shortages, we’ve found alternatives to meet the PPE needs within our branches. Our employees are doing an important job, and we are honored to help them stay safe.”

A Successful Partnership: Mizzou Professor Visits L&P

We were thrilled to have a distinguished guest at L&P for the past two days. Anthony Ross is the Leggett & Platt Missouri Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management from the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri. He and his team represent a Leggett-sponsored professorship at the university.

His visit to L&P included networking activities with several of our leaders within supply chain operations, as well as tours of our local manufacturing branches.

We’re grateful for the time Anthony spent getting to know L&P!

From left: Lathon Ferguson (Director of Advancement at MU), Anthony Ross, Chuck Hutchins (VP – Chief Tax Officer at L&P), Doug Thrasher (Plant Manager at the L&P Wire Mill)

Anthony took some time to greet a forklift driver at the Wire Mill.

Doug explained the ins and outs of the plant.

Touring the wire products outside of the Wire Mill.

Lots of learning!

From left: Wayne Kaminski (Staff VP of International Logistics), Anthony Ross, Jeff Mitchell (Staff VP – Business Support Services), Chuck Hutchins

 

A Day in the Life of Our CEO

Yesterday, CEO Karl Glassman presented for investors at the Raymond James 41st Annual Institutional Investors Conference.

Here’s a glimpse into his day:

• The day opened with Karl and our Investor Relations (IR) Team holding 30-minute Q&A sessions with various investors. (The team jokes that this feels a lot like “speed dating” for the professional world!) Most of the investors are familiar with L&P and are in regular contact with our IR Team through calls and other marketing trips and conferences.

• After 5 of those Q&A sessions in the morning, Karl and the IR Team took a break for lunch.

• After lunch, Karl spoke to a room full of investors. His presentation provided an overview of L&P while highlighting our markets, businesses, and financial performance and priorities.

• At the conclusion of Karl’s presentation, the team moved to a smaller room and investors who attended asked follow-up questions about L&P.

It was a busy but exciting day for Karl and our Investor Relations Team!

The Hire Vets Medallion Award

Jason Maneke & Russ Dunton

Earlier this fall, our No-Sag Products branch in Kendallville, Indiana, earned the Hire Vets Medallion award – a national recognition for hiring, training, and retaining veterans in the workforce.

Over the past 12 years, the branch has held a company picnic to recognize veterans and commemorate the September 11 anniversary.

Nominees for the award are evaluated on their veteran hiring practices, percentage of veterans in the workforce, training, education and other services offered to veterans and support of active duty veteran employees, among other criteria.

After being nominated by the local Indiana WorkOne Veterans Representative, Russ Dunton, General Manager, and Jason Maneke, HR Manager, accepted the award from Deputy Secretary of Labor Sam Shellenberger in a ceremony at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to everyone at No-Sag Products!

Photo Gallery: Comfort Food Cook-off

Today over the lunch hour, our Corporate Headquarters held a huge Comfort Food Cook-off — all to benefit United Way!

Departments competed for the title of “Comfort Food Champion” with their best soups and chili. We also had a dessert raffle and baked goods for sale, and many of our executive management team helped to greet and serve meals to our employees.

Here are a few favorite pictures from the day!

 

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.”