Leggett & Platt Inc. pledged to donate $1 million toward tornado relief for the Joplin, Mo., community.
As one of the largest employers in the area, the Carthage, Mo., company says it has many employees who sustained significant personal loss in the storm that leveled a large section of neighboring Joplin, Mo.
“We are grieving with our fellow partners who lost loved ones and homes in this horrific storm,” said David Haffner, president and chief executive. “We are still gathering information on the losses sustained by those employees who were in the path of the storm. At this point, we know of at least 35 families who lost everything, and we mourn the death of one employee partner.”
Haffner said donations will be directed to local agencies that benefit Joplin, Mo., residents and that employees of the company are volunteering in the local relief efforts.
“We have encouraged our employees to help in whatever way they can,” said Karl Glassman, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “In every department and plant, Leggett people have rallied to support their colleagues. Just like other area companies, we are experiencing an outpouring of generosity from every corner of the company as our employees take good care of each other.”
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