ELKHART — The founder of Lippert Components Inc. will become part of the RV/MH Hall of Fame this summer, the company announced Wednesday, March 6.
Larry Lippert, 87, of Alma, Mich., started what is now one of the biggest suppliers to the RV industry in 1956.
“While I certainly appreciate this recognition, it is the employees who make up the company. I’d like to thank everyone who was involved with LCI from the very beginning and helped me to make it a success,” said Lippert, 87. “Without these folks, none of this would be possible,” said the company founder, who lives in Alma with his wife of 66 years, Dorothy.
One of his grandsons, Jason, serves as CEO of Lippert Components. In the announcement about his grandfather’s recognition, Jason Lippert expressed his pride. “I am very thankful to the Hall of Fame for selecting my grandfather. He is a great man and so very worthy of this honor. It means a lot not only to me and my family and those inside and outside the industry who know my grandpa, but also to the employees of our company that its founder is being recognized for the mark he left on the industry.
“I have always looked up to my grandfather and father as mentors and on behalf of the entire team here at Lippert, I can say that we are truly proud to be serving out the legacy 57 years after he founded this company,” Jason Lippert said.
Larry Lippert served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. With little money and no formal education after he came home, he worked for others before starting his small shop, supplying steel and aluminum to the manufactured housing industry.
He began a chassis and chassis-parts business in 1959, and the company grew through his tenure. Larry Lippert retired in 1977 and handed over control to his son, L. Douglas Lippert.
The company, now owned by Drew Industries and headquartered in Goshen, employs more than 5,600 people in 11 states.
At the RV/MH Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Elkhart Aug. 5, Larry Lippert’s two sons, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren plan to attend, according to the company.