The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 14, 2013

Gov. Nixon praises expansion at Leggett & Platt operation

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon joined officials of Leggett & Platt Inc. and others on Wednesday to congratulate the Carthage-based corporation on a $5.1 million expansion that will add 12 more jobs to the firm’s Flex-O-Lators operation.

Nixon said the company is on the forefront of innovation in technologies including the Flex-O-Lators plant, which makes lumbar systems for automotive seating.

“The ongoing success of Leggett & Platt, along with its increasing investment and job creation, is another step forward for Missouri’s automotive industries,” the governor said.

David Haffner, board chairman and chief executive of the firm, said a portion of the expansion already is complete — the construction of a new warehouse at the plant. The current warehouse will see the expansion of the firm’s manufacturing systems with the installation of new, highly-automated systems over the next year. Haffner said the expansion of the workforce will come over the next two years. The firm currently employs 189 workers at the location, and 2,300 at 12 plants in Missouri, he said.

Nixon also presented company officials with a Flag of Freedom Award given to firms that make it a priority to hire veterans returning from combat. The governor said he created the Show Me Heroes program after returning to a trip from Afghanistan when a veteran there told him he was worried about getting a job when he got home.

Since then, more than 3,300 firms have joined the coalition and more than 4,400 veterans have been hired.

“This organization has been a leader from Day 1 and more than 60 veterans work here,” Nixon said.

 

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