Clyde and Jamie Leach took inspiration from a near tragedy and turned it into a profitable business venture.
On a dinner outing in 1988 with their then six month old son Alex, the Leach's found out how quickly an active baby can climb out of an ill-equipped and unrestrained highchair. A tragic fall was averted by quick reflexes, but Jamie decided that a proactive approach to the safety of their son was in order. With no sewing experience, Jamie quoted a favorite bible scripture, James 1:5, and asked God for inspiration. Having no sewing articles on hand, she improvised by using an old kitchen dish cloth and dental floss for thread and created what is now known as the Original Wiggle Wrap®. She took her prototype to a seamstress friend for a finished version of her creation and the rest, as they say, is history.
Inundated with requests from curious moms for Wiggle Wraps while on outings with infant Alex, Clyde recognized the potential value of their new invention. The Leaches decided to patent their idea and formed Leachco in May of 1988. The utility patent for the Wiggle Wrap® was granted one year later.
Since then, Leachco has grown to include a product line of nearly one hundred infant and toddler products, as well as comfort items for expectant moms. The majority of products are original designs, with many being patented. The products emphasize safety and comfort for infants and children, while focusing on practicality and convenience for parents. Jamie is quoted as saying: "Our goal is to provide parents with innovative products that focus on the safety and well-being of their children, while adding convenience to parents' busy lifestyles."
Jamie has presented select Leachco products twice on 'QVC.' Many national publications, such as American Baby, Parents, Fit Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Woman's World, and other specialty magazines have featured many of their unique products as well.
The company has expanded over the years and now includes feeding and bedding items for pets, as well as products that provide comfort and support to people with long and short term medical conditions, placing a special emphasis on items for the aging population.
The most recent expansion includes two rapidly growing niche brands, OrganicSmart® comfort items utilizing 100% organic cotton fabric, and PreemieSmart® with specialty items designed to meet the unique needs of premature infants. The strongest area of the business, however, continues to be Leachco's line of comfort and support products for moms-to-be.
Many off shore manufacturers have tried to lure Leachco to allow them to produce their products all around the world. Nevertheless, the majority of Leachco brand products remain proudly made in the U.S.A. with U.S. and imported materials so jobs stay here in the U.S.A. Keeping a close eye on their innovative creations and maintaining a hands on managing style have been key factors in pleasing customers from all sectors with strict quality assurance demands.
With a fresh perspective and continued dedication to its manufacturing facility here in the U.S., this close-knit family business expects 2012 to be their best year ever.
Clyde E. Leach
President & Chief Executive Officer
Clyde E. Leach, along with his wife, Jamie, formed Leachco, Inc. in May 1988. He serves as president and chief executive officer of the company, overseeing general operations, manufacturing, contractor relations, product line selections and overall financial management.
Prior to the incorporation of Leachco, Clyde was president and founder of Leach Agri-Sprayers, Inc., a commercial crop dusting company. He formerly served as president of an oil and gas exploration company, managed a 1,200 acre farming and cattle operation, and worked as a professional pilot and flight instructor.
A Holdenville, Oklahoma native, Clyde earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation from Southeastern University in Durant, Oklahoma.
Jamie S. Leach
Executive Vice President
Jamie S. Leach, Executive Vice President, is primarily responsible for the development and design of new Leachco products. In addition, she manages the marketing and retail sales efforts of the company.
Prior to the inception of Leachco, Jamie, a registered nurse, began her nursing career as a pediatric critical care nurse and continued in nursing until 1988 when she retired from nursing to devote full time to Leachco.
Born in western Oklahoma and raised in Ada, Oklahoma, Jamie received her diploma from St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in Oklahoma City. She later obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma.