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C. D. Platt Plow Works (former), 201 East Fifth Street (later Lanpher Auto Works)
The manufacturer soon out grew this facility and by 1892 moved to a new factory located on Second Street between Maple and Lyon. Production continued there until the mid-1920s when the plant was moved to Central Avenue. Today's Leggett & Platt, Inc., "produces a diverse array of products that can be found in most homes, vehicles, and offices." It is "made up of seventeen business units, has 21,00 employee-partners, and 130 facilities in nineteen countries." (1 & 2)
Later this location also became incorporated into the Smith Brothers Manufacturing Company complex of buildings from Grant to Howard Streets (See Clio entry for Smith Brothers). In 2000 when Leggett & Platt, Inc. purchased the Big Smith property, Leggett & Platt in fact bought back its original location of the C. D. Platt plow factory where bed springs, the initial product of the company, started production.
Sources"C of C at L & P Plant." Carthage Press, October 10, 1938, no page.
Hansford, Michele. Images of America: Carthage Missouri. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.
Jasper County Fair Booklet. Carthage MO: Knell Fair, 1908. Collection of State Historical Society of Missouri.
Leggett & Platt Spring Bed and Mfg. Co. Carthage MO: Leggett and Platt Company, 1901. Collection of State Historical Society of Missouri.
Powers Museum Vertical Files.: Platt Plow, Leggett & Platt, Lanpher Auto.
Powers Museum Exhibit Label (based on corporate statement supplied to museum March 28, 2017, from Leggett & Platt, Inc.; source of quotes 1 & 2).
The Lanpher Motor Vehicles. Carthage MO: Lanpher Motor Buggy Co., no date (circa 1910). Collection of National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library.
Carthage, Missouri 64836
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