MO: Leggett & Platt Brings New Product Introduction Ops, Jobs to Joplin | Trade and Industry Development

MO: Leggett & Platt Brings New Product Introduction Ops, Jobs to Joplin

Feb 23, 2015

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced that Leggett & Platt Adjustable Bed Group will expand in Joplin. The company has signed a lease for a 42,000 square-foot facility where it is expected to create at least 25 new jobs. This expansion includes a $100,000 capital investment.

“This is the third Leggett & Platt expansion in Missouri in less than two years—first in Carthage, then Kansas City, and now in Joplin. That speaks volumes to the world class talent and the business-friendly environment you’ll find here in the Show-Me State,” said Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “We are truly grateful for Leggett & Platt’s commitment to Missouri and proud to partner with them on this latest expansion project.”

Founded in 1883 and headquartered in nearby Carthage, Mo., Leggett & Platt operates 130 manufacturing facilities in 18 countries. At Leggett & Platt’s new Joplin location, the company will assemble adjustable bed bases that are designed for residential use (

“We welcome Leggett and Platt’s new operation in Joplin. This new operation adds another quality employer at Crossroads Park, which is already home to a number of regionally headquartered and national firms,” said Mayor Mike Seibert.

In August 2013, Leggett & Platt announced a 28,000 square feet expansion of its Flex-O-Lators facility in Carthage, Mo., where it manufactures automotive seating components. The $5.1 million Carthage expansion project resulted in the creation of more than a dozen new jobs. Just last month, Leggett & Platt signed a lease for a 72,000 square-foot build-to-suit facility in Automotive Alley of the Subtropolis, an underground business complex in Kansas City. The Kansas City location will serve as a Ford upfitter and is expected to create 50 new jobs.

To assist Leggett & Platt with its new Joplin operation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria.

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