For the third time in 15 years Legg Co. of Halstead is expanding — this time adding a building 368 feet long and 71 feet wide which will house new equipment and establish Legg is an elite conveyor belt manufacturer.


For the third time in 15 years Legg Co. of Halstead is expanding — this time adding a building 368 feet long and 71 feet wide which will house new equipment and establish Legg is an elite conveyor belt manufacturer.
“This will make us a world-class rubber conveyor manufacturer,” said vice president Ron Marlar.
The company will add a new, wider “calendar.” A calendar is a machine wich coats material with rubber to make a conveyor belt.
“We were pushing our current calendering capacity,” said Legg president and CEO Steve Chartier. “We have grown substantialy each year. We have grown, and grown and grown.”
Once completed, the new facility will make Legg Co. one of only two companies in the United States that can produce conveyors at the new width — 110 inches.
“Considering our compeption, that’s pretty legit,” said president and CED Steve Chartier.
The new equipment will allow the company to coat both sides of a material at the same time — a new capability.
However, despite adding a new building and equipment, the plan is not to expand the workforce this fall when the new building opens. Legg will continue to employ about 90 people.  
“It won’t change too much from that. What we are doing is more effieicnt,” Chartier said. “Some of our current employees will work with the new calendar until we get additional business that might require us to run both calendars at the same time.”
The company was recently named one of the top 15 Best in Business by the Wichita Business Journal, the third consecutive year they have been recocognized.
The compayalready sells belts worldwide and expects demand for belts to strengthen.
“We are expanding because we need the capacity,” Chartier said.
The company sells belts for industrial purposes — concrete compmanies, rock crushers and the like — and for agricutlural purposes as well. Maintaining diversity has helped Legg not only whether a downturn in the economy, but grow.
In 2011 industrial sales increased, nearly beating the 2008 year. Agriculural sales have increased during the same span.
“The ag sid the past two years brought us through the downturn on the industrial side,” Marlar said. “Metal mining and grain have remained good markets during the downturn.”
Legg was founded in in 1939 in Halstead. The company has added three bew buildings in the last 15 years — expanding in 1997, 2007 and again in 2011. Pevious expansions were about the same size — in 2007 the company added a 368 by 86 foot building.
The current expansion is slated for completion this fall.
“We have added on substanially during our last three expansions,” Chartier said.