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Our Town Mount Vernon-Lisbon: Lloyd Table Company
By Travis Bockenstedt, Our Town Producer
MOUNT VERNON - Believe it or not Lisbon is known around the world for its chiropractic tables. In 1960 Dr. Lloyd Steffensmeier moved to Mount Vernon-Lisbon. As a licensed chiropractor he didn't open his own practice, instead he opened a workshop.
"I just seen ways to make them more useful, to be used with less effort," said Steffensmeier.
Dr. Steffensmeier started manufacturing chiropractic tables while in college. He alone, designed and made 164 portable tables as a student.
Today he has turned his talent into a worldwide business.
"We constantly get the comment that our tables last longer and cause less problems for the customer," said Steffensmeier.
Many of the design concepts are thought up by Dr. Steffensmeier himself. Everything from circuit boards to the tables cushions are made right here at Lloyd Table Company.
"We can control the quality better by doing it ourselves," said Steffensmeier.
His tables bring him around the world. Dr. Steffensmeier will tell you he has tables everywhere but Antarctica.
"The Japanese buy more tables from us than other international buyers. We sell a lot to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa," said Steffensmeier.
Lloyd Table Company produces three to four-thousand tables each year. Hydraulic tables continue to be the most popular. Some of the advanced models give customers a free range of adjustment options for the patient.
"The chest will elevate up and lower," says Steffensmeier. "I just enjoy doing what I do. I make the statement that I've worked in my life. I just enjoy what I'm doing."