Two branches of Leggett & Platt, Carthage Spring, 229 N. McGregor St., and Flex-O-Lators, 1460 Jackson Dr., will host student and public tours to celebrate Manufacturing Day, a nationwide event to celebrate modern manufacturing, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6.

Two branches of Leggett & Platt, Carthage Spring, 229 N. McGregor St., and Flex-O-Lators, 1460 Jackson Dr., will host student and public tours to celebrate Manufacturing Day, a nationwide event to celebrate modern manufacturing, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6.
The public is invited along with students, educators, business leaders and political leaders to see the impact modern manufacturing has on Carthage and the thousands of people who work for Leggett & Platt, Carthage's leading employer.
Tours will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday and run through 2 p.m.
Carthage Spring, also known as Branch One, will show off how it manufactures innersprings and other bedding components. Flex-O-Lators will show off how it manufactures automotive seating comfort systems and suspension components.
Leggett & Platt said five other branches of the company across the U.S. will also host tours.
Leggett & Platt said Manufacturing Day began in 2012 as a way to celebrate modern manufacturing. Manufacturers around the world invite students, educators, local media, business people and politicians on the first Friday of October, to their facilities in an effort to educate the public about manufacturing.
Last year, 595,341 people across the country participated in Manufacturing Day, including 267,607 students.
The website www.mfgday.com is hosted by manufacturing industry groups and has more information about Manufacturing Day.
“(Manufacturing Day) addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t,” the website said. “By working together during and after (Manufacturing Day), manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.”