Randy’’s Recycling was founded as Five Corner’s Garage in 1949 by Karl Schlipp, a German immigrant from Russia. The business included mechanic services, towing and used parts sales. The business passed to Karl’s sons, Delbert and Douglas in 1972 and auto body repair was added to the list of services offered. In 1980, auto crushing services were also added.
In 1990, the torch was passed to Karl’s grandson, Randy and his wife Gale and the business was re-engineered into all metal recycling and renamed Randy’s Recycling. Along with their sons Nick and Ryan, they have grown the original business in Eau Claire, Michigan to be a world-class facility and have added additional locations.
As a third-generation auto recycler, Randy has been in the business for over 23 years. He has a passion for preserving the environment and for employee safety. To serve these passions, he invented the Auto TapTM, an auto fluid removal station that focuses on the fast drainage of auto fluids to protect the environment and to protect his employees from the hazards often associated with removing flammable and other hazardous fluids from scrap vehicles.
Randy Schlipp, Owner, Operator, Inventor
He also invented the IronsidesTM trailer cover system, four-wall steel
containment to haul crushed autos in the safest and most aesthetic
method on the market today. He markets his inventions through 360o
In August, 2006, the main building of Randy’s Recycling in Eau Claire, MI burned to the ground.
“60 firefighters from six departments battled the fire. Heavy smoke could be seen up to 15 miles from the Pipestone Township location. Shuttle tankers and a 6 inch supply line helped contain the fire from spreading to additional buildings but the main 2400 square foot steel building was a total loss.
All the employees escaped without injury at the 3:15 pm fire. Assisting Eau Claire Fire Department were Berrien Springs-Oronoko Twp, Royalton Twp, Sodus Twp, Indian Lake, and Sister Lakes with Buchanan Twp covering for the working departments. Firefighters cleared the scene at 8:30 pm with no injuries.”
Despite the fire, Randy and Gale remained open for business and continued as a valued member and employer in our community. They re-built a state-of-the-art facility on the same property.