Category Archives: Employee Spotlight

Meet Maria Aguilar

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting a few of our employees to share their stories.

Maria Aguilar is a custodian at Ennis Spring in Ennis, Texas. In September, she will celebrate her third anniversary at Leggett & Platt.

“What I love most about my job are my co-workers. It’s important that I enjoy what I do and that I can provide for my family. I am most proud of my family.

I also have the opportunity to work with my ‘mijo,’ a Conveyor Operator, on the same shift.

My Hispanic heritage is important to me because Mexico celebrates independence in September, the same time the United States recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

Meet Adelso Vargas

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting L&P employees to share about themselves and their Hispanic heritage.

Meet Adelso Vargas, a Material Handler at Carthage Spring in Carthage, Missouri.

“I genuinely enjoy working with my friends because they are not just co-workers. We have all become close in my six years here at Leggett & Platt. I also enjoy the shift work. It allows for a great work/life balance.”

Along with his Hispanic heritage, Adelso takes great pride in his ability to work and contribute. “I am most proud of my health because it allows me to keep working every day. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is important because we are noticed and make a difference in our work and communities.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

Meet Joann Garcia

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting L&P employees to share about themselves and their Hispanic heritage.

Meet Joann Garcia. Joann works in Accounts Payable at our Fort Worth Rebond facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

“There are many reasons I enjoy my job, but I would say the people I work with are what I enjoy most. I feel this is so important because for 22 years, I have looked forward to coming in every day and accomplishing my work.

Besides my grandchildren, Luka and Lyla, I am most proud of my Hispanic Heritage. It means I carry the strength of my parents, grandparents, and ancestors who faced challenges and barriers. They met these with the utmost courage so that I could have better opportunities.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

Meet Cipriano Godinez

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting a few of our employees to share their story.

Meet Cipriano Godinez. Cipriano is an Assembler Operator at Ennis Spring in Ennis, Texas. He has worked for Leggett & Platt for 30 years.

“There are so many things I enjoy about my job — working the night shift, working with machines, and with the friends I’ve made over 30 years I’ve been here.

I am proud of my achievements over the years — my family, home, and land. This month makes me feel proud to be Hispanic, and Leggett & Platt has given me the opportunity to succeed.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

L&P Celebrates Mexican Independence Day

Each year, Mexican Independence Day, which commemorates Mexico’s independence from Spain, is celebrated on September 16. This year, L&P employees at Sponge Cushion celebrated the holiday together for the first time with many employees enjoying conchas (Mexican sweet bread) and marking their roots on a map of Mexico. Information on the Mexican War of Independence and famous people from Mexico was displayed for employees to read at their leisure.

Barbara Bushey, Human Resource and Safety Manager, coordinated the event after a colleague suggested celebrating Mexican Independence Day. After doing some research, she began to understand why September 16 is important: “The Mexican people have much to celebrate. I wanted to honor their strength, perseverance, and contribution to Leggett & Platt.”

“A sense of pride”

We asked a few of our employees who celebrated at Sponge Cushion to share their impressions:

“I like to celebrate the independence of my country, and I am proud of my roots and my country.”
Manuel Aguilera

“I was so happy to see the board with the map and the banner. In my 30 years of working, I have never seen an employer recognize my country. It made me feel good.”
Gregoria Guerrero

“I enjoy celebrating this day with my family and friends at Sponge Cushion. I like the map so I can see where my coworkers are from, and having my name listed on the map gave me a sense of pride.”
Adrian Aguilera

“I enjoyed the Mexican sweet bread, and having my picture taken with my coworkers was fun, too.”
Rick DeVore

Pictured from left to right: Manuel Aguilera, Gregoria Guerrero, Adrian Aguilera, and Rick DeVore

Meet Balfer Cortez

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting L&P employees to share about themselves and their Hispanic heritage.

Meet Balfer Cortez. Balfer is a Material Handler at our Carthage Spring location in Carthage, Missouri.

“I am proud of the opportunity I’ve had here at Leggett & Platt for the past five years. My supervisor trusts me to do my job and doesn’t micromanage my work.”

Balfer also appreciates the safe environment where he works. “The atmosphere is very clean and safe. It makes it easier to do a good job, and that, in turn, leads to success for the company.

I’m happy to be recognized for everything that Hispanic employees do, and I am proud to work for a company that values diversity. They translate communications to Spanish, which shows they care.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

Meet Maria Saucedo

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re inviting L&P employees to share about themselves and their Hispanic heritage.

Meet Maria Saucedo. She is a Conveyor Operator at Ennis Spring in Ennis, Texas, and has worked for Leggett & Platt for 29 years.

Maria and her team live out our value of doing great work together. “I enjoy working with my partner. I believe it’s important to have a partner, and you work well together,” says Maria. “It makes the job that much more enjoyable.”

I am very proud of my Hispanic heritage and the Hispanic people, and because of their hard work, this company has only improved.”

To learn more about the rich history, culture, and present-day stories of those that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, check out the National Park Service for a comprehensive list of resources.

IT Professionals Day: Meet Aaron Carter

At L&P, our Information Technology (IT) professionals often work behind the scenes, providing around-the-clock support to keep us connected and protected against the latest cybersecurity threats. They also enhance our business systems and processes, making others’ jobs easier and our processes more efficient. On this IT Professionals Day, we want to spotlight some of our amazing colleagues in IT.

Meet Aaron Carter, Senior Help Desk Analyst.

Aaron recently celebrated his fourth year with L&P on September 4. Growing up, he enjoyed experimenting with technology and quickly learned the art of troubleshooting:

Aaron Carter

Experimentation leads to breaking the family computer and frantically attempting to fix it before mom gets home. You eventually get good at it and turn a skill created from panic into a career path!

The best part of my job is getting to solve new problems. There is nothing more satisfying than running into a new issue, finding a resolution, and then seeing your fix used to quickly knock out similar problems in the future.” 

When it comes to troubleshooting, Aaron’s approach is to not overthink it:

My advice when working with a fresh issue is never skip the basics. Nine times out of 10, it’s going to be something simple that fixes the problem. There is truth behind the old question, ‘Have you tried restarting?‘”

L&P has many open IT positions! Join our dynamic and driven team of IT professionals today: Find Your Career at Leggett & Platt

IT Professionals Day: Meet Holly Miller

At L&P, our Information Technology (IT) professionals often work behind the scenes, providing around-the-clock support to keep us connected and protected against the latest cybersecurity threats. They also enhance our business systems and processes, making others’ jobs easier and our processes more efficient. On this IT Professionals Day, we want to spotlight some of our amazing colleagues in IT.

Meet Holly Miller, Software Engineer III – D365.

Holly joined L&P almost seven years ago. She chose to explore IT and software development because she originally knew nothing about these areas and was up for a challenge:

Holly Miller

I thrive on challenge, and taking on a completely new field was an opportunity to grow as a professional and expand my knowledge outside of its existing boundaries.

I do my job well by learning how others do theirs. I enjoy the challenge of troubleshooting issues and developing enhancements to our systems that help make others’ jobs at Leggett easier. I accept the challenge of understanding specific details and the big picture behind how our systems work in hopes to reduce complexity and increase productivity.

To be successful in IT, Holly noted that being flexible and curious are helpful qualities to have:

Be willing to adjust your focus and your priorities often. Make sure you have an interest in overcoming challenges and learning new things. IT software and systems change often, and to excel, it’s important to keep up.

L&P has many open IT positions! Join our dynamic and driven team of IT professionals today: Find Your Career at Leggett & Platt

IT Professionals Day: Meet Dasin Peng

At L&P, our Information Technology (IT) professionals often work behind the scenes, providing around-the-clock support to keep us connected and protected against the latest cybersecurity threats. They also enhance our business systems and processes, making others’ jobs easier and our processes more efficient. On this IT Professionals Day, we want to spotlight some of our amazing colleagues in IT.

Meet Dasin Peng, Senior IT Manager.

Dasin Peng

Dasin has been with L&P for 21 years and currently leads our Global IT Support – China Team. While working, he aims to maintain “silence” while being “dynamic”:

‘Silence’ means the IT infrastructure is well maintained with less disruption to business, and ‘Dynamic’ means we, the IT team, always manage to improve the business processes. I manage to keep the IT infrastructure running silently (smoothly) without users noticing and interact with the business teams on optimizing and improving their business processes through the iScala system.

Dasin’s advice for IT professionals is to keep a service mindset and aim to deliver a more holistic solution:

A service attitude means we not only serve the business but also “take the ownership”—we don’t simply do what the operations ask for, but instead, we try to understand it, think about it from more of an angle, and deliver a solution to fully address the demand and better integrate with other processes.

L&P has many open IT positions! Join our dynamic and driven team of IT professionals today: Find Your Career at Leggett & Platt