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Leggett & Platt Continues Focus On Healthier and More Restful Sleep

With New Innovative Softech Innerspring


Low-profile pocketed mattress topper-coil offers alternative to foams and deep upholstery layers

to minimize disturbance and provide comfort.


July 3, 2009 - Leggett & Platt is leading the charge in improving healthy sleep and sleep product performance with the continued advance of the company’s innovative innerspring coil technology. For decades with the exception of the Marshall or pocketed coil and European continuous coil construction, most innerspring units were either traditional simple knotted Bonnell hour-glass steel coils or an unknotted offset LFK style coil. Consumers and the retailers who sell mattresses were offered basically the same innersprings or coil type mattresses regardless of the brand. While coil count or tensile strength, or even steel gauge and density of the coils varied, the basic designs and engineering remained the same for many years. However in the past two years Leggett & Platt has re-engineered the concept and construction of innersprings to address the issues of comfort, response, conformance and support. They have given another whole life to the idea of innerspring-based mattresses.


Leggett & Platt recently introduced the latest in the company’s line of innovative innerspring products: the new Softech coil sleep system. At 2.5 inches in height, the Softech coil is a resilient, plush innerspring designed to bring comfort and performance to the top layer of mattresses.

The product’s tough, low profile comfortably cushions a sleeping body, provide individualized coil support and offers a durability that prevents body impressions that often form with traditional foam or fiber toppers.


Engineers at Leggett & Platt’s IDEA (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Acceleration) Center designed the 2.5-inch Softech coil from a thin-gauge wire made from recycled steel. They discovered that the tiny, pocketed innersprings react like a pillow when constructed with at a high coil count ; they conform, support and respond to a sleeper’s body. In addition, the unique construction of the small, individually-pocketed Softech coils minimize disturbances by reducing motion transfer from partner to partner.


“Softech takes advantage of the comfort-inducing effects of coiled steel as a compressible, responsive element,” explained Tom Wells, Jr., director of engineering strategy and technical support for Leggett & Platt. “The coils have a smaller diameter and a lighter gauge than standard innerspring wires. Using approximately 5.5 turns per coil, we’re able to increase material efficiency in a vertical, flexible dimension.”


Durability and longevity in bed toppers is an increasingly important issue to mattress shoppers. Some foam and upholstery toppers compress or lose their comfort layer within a short span of time. By contrast, the average lifespan of a Softech topper provides years of comfort without body impressions.


Softech’s ergonomic efficacy is also less costly than the high-density cushioning of some visco-elastic or latex foam solutions. Because upholstery comfort layers are so tightly packed, they require substantially more raw materials to achieve the same result of an innerspring comfort layer.


This new 2.5½inch Softech topper-layer coil comes on the heels of Leggett & Platt’s Superlastic PRO, one of the tallest coils used in modern bedding manufacturing. Standing at seven inches tall, PRO’s three-turn, alternating continuous coil system increased mattress profile height at a reduced cost to manufacturers and retailers.


“We see an emerging trend of customizing a sleep set’s vertical profile by using a variety of innerspring heights,” said Wells. “Mattress shoppers want it all; the plush look of a pillow top, the comforting feel of Active Support technology, and all at an affordable price. Softech offers each of these.”


Leggett & Platt is also providing point-of-sale materials for bedding manufacturers and retailers to use in their marketing efforts. The program comes complete with brochures, banners and posters, a short video and a retail sales associate (RSA) pocket reference card. L&P has also developed a small POP display to demonstrate Softech’s active support features.


“Leggett & Platt understands that the end consumer wants bedding that delivers a ‘Wow’ moment in the way of comfort,” said Mark Quinn, group executive vice president of marketing for Leggett & Platt’s bedding division. “We also realize that many of those same consumers don’t care for upholstered pillow tops. The goal of our bedding group is to offer manufacturers and retailers high-quality products and unique selling stories that can deliver healthier and more restful sleep to their customers.”


Retailers and manufacturers seeking more information are invited to: 417-358-8131


About Leggett & Platt

Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) is a FORTUNE 500 diversified manufacturer that conceives, designs and produces a broad variety of engineered components and products that can be found in virtually every home, office, retail store and automobile. The company serves a broad suite of customers that comprise a "Who's Who" of U.S. manufacturers and retailers. The 126-year-old firm's continuing operations are composed of 20 business units, 20,000 employee-partners, and more than 160 manufacturing facilities located in 18 countries.


Leggett & Platt is North America's leading independent manufacturer of: a) components for residential furniture and bedding; b) components for office furniture; c) drawn steel wire; d) automotive seat support and lumbar systems; e) carpet underlay; f) adjustable beds; and g) bedding industry machinery.


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