The Vanwyngeeren family acquired Crow Wing Recycling in 1996. The first yard was the western 23 acres of the current Brainerd facility.

Crow Wing Recycling expanded north by opening Pine River Iron & Metal in Pine River, Minnesota.

Crow Wing Recycling placed into service their first shredder. 

In 2012 Crow Wing Recycling opened its second feeder yard in Milaca, Minnesota.

In 2013 Crow Wing Recycling opened its third feeder yard in Twin Valley, Minnesota.