Tony Garrett, vice president of Carthage, Missouri-based Leggett & Platt Inc. and president of its bedding machinery division, Global Systems Group, retired Oct. 13. He was succeeded by 25-year L&P veteran Mike Miller.
Garrett had 42 years with L&P, where he began as a general clerk in the L&P machine shop and rose through the ranks of the Machinery & Technology division of the company’s Residential Furnishings Segment. Some of his roles included branch manager of Cyclo-Index motion control devices and of L&P Machine Products. He later was president of Gribetz International mattress quilters before becoming president of GSG, which encompasses all of L&P’s mattress manufacturing equipment companies.
Under Garrett’s effective leadership, GSG grew to be the most popular equipment producer in the industry, L&P said in a news release. He was driven to pioneer innovative technologies to advance customers’ operations and positioned GSG and its strategic partners as valued industry leaders. During Garrett’s tenure, GSG expanded its global reach to include more than two dozen production facilities, sales and service field offices, and sales agent locations on four continents.
According to Perry Davis, L&P executive vice president, Garrett’s friendly personality and sincerity earned him the respect and gratitude of customers and L&P co-workers alike. “Tony has been a great Leggett & Platt partner. I have enjoyed working with him immensely and wish him a very happy and fulfilling retirement,” Davis said.
Mike Miller, Garrett’s successor, most recently was GSG vice president of sales for the United States and Canada. He has spent the majority of his L&P career in sales posts at GSG and as a branch manager with Porter International.
The company said Miller’s operations management experience and well-developed customer relationships will serve GSG well in his new role, and customers can be confident of continued excellence due to his extensive industry knowledge.
“Mike has established great industry relationships through his dedication, his can-do attitude and his personal integrity,” Davis said. “I have no doubt Mike will excel in his new position, and I very much look forward to working more closely with him in the future.”