Industry supplier Leggett & Platt has pledged $1 million toward tornado relief for residents of Joplin, Mo. An unprecedented storm devastated a large section of the town in May.
L&P, headquartered in nearby Carthage, is one of the largest employers in the area and has many employees who lost homes, loved ones and suffered injuries in the tornado. One L&P worker was killed.
“We are grieving with our fellow partners who lost loved ones and homes in this horrific storm,” said David Haffner, L&P president and chief executive officer. “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.”
The company will direct the donation to local agencies that aid Joplin residents. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, the company offered assistance to storm shelters and its employees are volunteering with various relief efforts.
“Leggett & Platt has been a part of this community for more than 128 years,” Haffner said. “Our roots include multigeneration employees, customers and business colleagues. We want to help.”