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L&P History Lesson: Partners in Progress

The Partners in Progress award is our company’s highest and most distinguished honor – one that has gone to the great leaders in L&P history.

The origin of Partners in Progress dates back to Everette Wyatt, a sculptor and longtime L&P employee, who was challenged to create a work of art depicting Leggett’s spirit of partnership.

He came up with a sculpture of two individuals pulling together to accomplish a task, which ultimately became both the symbol for and spirit of the award.

A larger-than-life version of this sculpture was dedicated in the mid-1990’s at our Corporate Headquarters.

At the dedication, former board member Herbert Casteel said: “The thousands of men and women who are Leggett & Platt bring to this company a wide variety of talents and a great range of abilities. Yet throughout this company, there is a spirit of partnership, an attitude of mutual respect, a cooperative of effort toward common goals. People count at Leggett & Platt, and therein lies the secret of our success.”

The sculpture at our Corporate Headquarters in Carthage, MO.


Throwback Thursday: Flex-O-Top Coil Springs

Flex-O-Top (edited)Here’s a throwback for your Thursday! A company truck at the Louisville plant loads up for deliveries.

A Visual History of the L&P Logo

Leggett & Platt has been in business for over a century, but our logo has undergone relatively few changes in that time. The one major change came in the early 1970s, when we moved from a simple “L” to a script typeface. Take a peek through the evolution of our logo!

In the early days, this metal tag was attached to every Leggett product and ultimately became the official logo.

In the early days, this metal tag was attached to every Leggett product and eventually became the official logo. The circle in the design was actually a hole used for fastening the tag to springs and frames. “I love the simplicity of this design,” states Scott Clark, Leggett’s Creative Director. “It’s fascinating how well it holds up–what looked good 100 years ago still looks good today, and that’s not always the case.”

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Quality Bed Springs Since 1883

L&P Throwback - Truck

In the late 1940s, Leggett & Platt products were shipped from plants in Carthage, Missouri; Winchester, Kentucky; and Ennis, Texas.

And today we still know these operations by their branch numbers: 0001, 0002, and 0003 respectively!