Category Archives: Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight: Shanitha Johnson & Shannon Wofford

Our employees are at the heart of our company. Every day around the world, they dedicate their time, energy, and unique skillsets to manufacturing quality products for L&P. Two of our employees from Branch #1704 in Houston, Mississippi, shared what they love most about their roles in Flooring Products:

“I’m very proud to be a member of the production team at L&P. We produce
high-quality padding and work hard to ensure we’re able to meet our customer
demands. I take special pride in producing the St. Judes carpet pad. In this project, a portion of sales proceeds goes to children fighting cancer.”
Shanitha Johnson
Production Scheduler

“I enjoy working in such a family-based environment, working with and training others in various jobs. I enjoy every day that I am at work, and I find our facility to be a peaceful and safe workplace.”
Shannon Wofford
Plant Wide Float

The Hands That Make It: Cynthia Sanchez

“I’m fortunate to see how our employees take pride in the quality of product they produce. My team makes the core unit of mattresses we all sleep on. We’re a small part of an even bigger picture, since L&P is a leader in bedding technology. I’m also proud to be in a position where I can support the ideas of others. Often our processes grow through their suggestions. Unidos en Leggett & Platt todo es posible! (United in Leggett & Platt everything is possible!)”

Cynthia Sanchez
CI Facilitator & TPM Coordinator
Bedding | Ennis, Texas

Employee Spotlight: Sabine Winkler

We think one of the most exciting things about working for a global company is the friendships you make with people from all over the world – and one of our newest Automotive team members, Sabine Winkler, agrees. We reached out to learn more about Sabine and her new position as Global Product & Marketing Communications Manager for L&P Automotive.

What are you most excited for in your new role?
Business to business (B2B) Brands that are able to show the human side of their company are always a step ahead. I want to find ways to demonstrate the passion we have for our products, why our employees stay, and the factors that make our work so enjoyable. I plan on contributing a lot of my skills in this area and hope those efforts will be appreciated and valued by the global team.

How long have you been in the marketing/communications industry?
I have worked in a variety of industries and departments during my career, 20 of which were in global marketing and communications. I don’t think ‘age’ matters in marketing because everything is constantly evolving. When I started, print and direct marketing was the main focus. Digital came next and now there are a wide array of marketing initiatives. Yet, there is one constant…. it’s all about people. Without a focus on people, you miss a huge opportunity.

What passions do you have outside of work?
In my free time, I enjoy making lavender sachets and beeswax candles which I sell online. That small business still requires the same skillsets — I have to consider product packaging and how to bring it to life so that people will choose to buy your product. In selling, it is so important to use the right keywords and select compelling photos. I’m still learning a lot, even with my marketing skills.

What’s the best career advice you’ve been given?
I once had an amazing boss who was very people oriented. It really stuck with me when one of our colleagues said, “When people speak about him, they have a smile on their face.” He was well-respected and liked because he took the time to know his team members as individuals.

I want to apply a lot of what I learned from him. He made time to learn about everyone’s work, even if it was just a tiny part in the big wheel. He was in charge of a difficult, company-changing project, and we all supported him. He intuitively understood how each member of the team wanted to be led. The extra effort he exhibited was appreciated and we wanted him to succeed, too. I’m so grateful that he taught me how to be more than just the ‘boss.’

Employee Spotlight: Tengfei Han

“I’m proud to support our teams with my role in quality control. I carefully inspect our products to ensure they are stable and reliable for our customers.”
Tengfei Han, 韩腾飞
Furniture Components | Jiaxing, China

Employee Spotlight: JT Warren with Hanes Geo Components

Our Hanes Geo Components division in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is an industry-leading supplier of geosynthetics and environmental products. Their products, including erosion control, stormwater, and landscaping fabrics may not be particularly glamourous. However, the marketing team enjoys finding creative ways to promote these textiles to their buyers. We reached out to JT Warren, Marketing Coordinator, to learn more about him and his role.

What brought you to L&P?
During my senior year at Appalachian State University, I held an intern position at Hanes Geo Components. I worked in the product management department and during that time, I was impressed with the dedication that our employees have, how they treat one another, and how the “Hanes Geo Family” wanted to build something special; I wanted to be a part of that as well.

What does your average day look like?
I start each day with a cup of coffee as soon as I walk in the door – and this is arguably the most important part of my day! I spend my morning responding to any emails that need my attention (I can’t stand a cluttered inbox!) and check out the analytics for our social sites. The numbers give me an idea of how to interact with my audience in a more captivating way. I brainstorm new marketing campaign ideas, read articles on how to market products successfully, and create content throughout the day. Meetings are sprinkled in during the week as well as lots of practice on difficult Adobe platforms.

What’s something surprising about you?
I have been playing guitar for almost 8 years! I can’t say that I am that good, but I love playing music!

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Each day that I go to work, I get to come in with a creative mindset. I research ways to differentiate our brand while still maintaining a positive presence online. As a young professional, I have realized that I thrive off of new challenges and ideas. I believe that breakthroughs are made in an ever-changing environment.

When I post content, it gives people a glimpse into the world of Hanes Geo Components and I enjoy learning new ways to engage with our followers.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Gerardo Lopez

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re sharing the stories of several Latinx employees within our U.S. facilities.

“We educate operators to produce quality products that help our customers sleep better. I’m proud of the diverse skill set every individual on our team presents. We all feel a sense of accomplishment when we fix a machine and get it running. Being able to pass my expertise on to both our English and Spanish speaking operators allows me to help them grow their careers, too.”

Gerardo Lopez
EOJT Coordinator / Machine Specialist

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Juan Garcia

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re sharing the stories of several Latinx employees within our U.S. facilities.

“I’ve worked for L&P for 46 years and it’s the only company I’ve worked for since moving to the U.S. As a forklift driver, it’s my responsibility to ensure that everyone on my team has the materials they need during our shift. They depend on me and this job allows me to support them — as well as my family.”

Juan Garcia
Forklift Driver / Material Handler

Comfort Connect Team Spotlight: Nate Hobbs

Our new 
LP Comfort Connect technology provides a unique platform for delivering smart, customizable products to our customers. However, this innovation would never have been possible without the dedicated work of our Comfort Connect team. They collaborated to find unique solutions, improve processes, and differentiate our company in the marketplace through the development of this technology. Today we shine a light on just one of those team members.

Nate Hobbs began his career at L&P in August of 2018 as the Director of Engineering – Electrical. Since that time, he’s gained responsibility for the Product Development Quality Assurance department as well as internal software tools and systems. He also helps to lead the team in charge of developing L&P’s new Comfort Connect™ technology – proprietary hardware and software which are integrated to support L&P’s newest adjustable bed product, which is reaching the final project stages. In addition to a traditional remote, movements and feature sets of the bed are controlled through the LP Comfort Connect™ app, which was also developed by the team, and integrated with Alexa to enable voice commands.

Nate’s work with the Comfort Connect™ project began after the product had already been conceptualized and prototyped, but his knowledge of systems and engineering as well as his experience in quality assurance was vital to the successful deployment of the product. “Some initial feasibility work was complete and basic software was developed, so my role is to work with the team to bring the product to full maturity and help get it into production,” says Nate.

The project hasn’t come without its challenges, however. “The technology is required to be very robust, so making sure everything works properly every single time so the consumers don’t have any inconveniences is a huge priority. Part of my team’s job on the quality assurance side is to go through the process of system integration and regression testing before the product is released to consumers,” he shares.

In fact, customer experience is the primary focus of Nate’s work. He has worked with the team to develop solutions vital not only to the usability and functionality of the software itself, but he’s even played a part in creating in-house testing capabilities at our production facilities. “The team developed in-house programming stations as well as an end-of-line test station so that we can ensure everything on the adjustable base functions properly before passing the product on to the consumer,” he says.

The Comfort Connect team has a monumental task – to create the industry’s first voice-controlled bed system – and with leaders and team members like Nate, it’s becoming a reality. When the project is complete, LP Comfort Connect™ will be released on a limited-model production basis.

“My favorite part about working on the Comfort Connect project has been making sure all the pieces work together. From the cloud software, control box, test systems – taking all the components and putting them together to create such a unique product has been challenging, but has also given me the opportunity to be part of something that’s never been done in the industry before,” he says.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Matthew Lopez

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re sharing the stories of several Latinx employees within our U.S. facilities.

“I think my job at L&P is important because I’m able to help and connect with different employees every day. I’m able to use my Spanish speaking skills to translate different documents and help employees who struggle with English.

There are many aspects of my culture that make me proud to be Hispanic. I appreciate how close-knit and encouraging Latinos are as a society. We are known for helping one another and contributing to the greater good. I also really enjoy the different foods we are known for including tamales, garnachas, empanadas, and arroz con leche.

I keep close contact with my family around the U.S. and Guatemala. Anytime I see or talk to my family they are very warm and welcoming and make me feel as if we see each other every single day.”

Matthew Lopez
Bilingual HR Assistant

What the Covid-19 Pandemic Taught Us

The past year has shown us just how resilient our people really are. We asked several employees what the COVID-19 pandemic taught them.