It was a cold, snowy day in 1961 when Dennis Milnar
knocked on the door of the Delaware Organ Co. Milnar, then a young man, couldn't
see the sign on the snow-covered door in Tonawanda, NY. He knocked anyway
and asked for work. The man who answered the door, and Dennis's future mentor,
was Mr. Robert Colby (The President of Delaware Organ Co). He said "We are doing
Christmas tunings and could use a key holder for a few weeks. Dennis spent the
next few days holding keys and passing screwdrivers for the craftsmen at
Delaware. By the end of the week, they had agreed to take him on as an
apprentice. After a seven year apprenticeship, Dennis and his wife Connie moved
their family to Nashville, TN and started Milnar Organ Company.
The company started in the basement of their home in the Green Hills area of Nashville. Opening up a pipe organ business in Nashville was quite an undertaking. Dennis and Connie worked day and night to establish themselves in the area. Connie worked as office administrator, while Dennis closed contracts and managed construction. With five children, Connie had her hands full. Connie worked until the early eighties, when a full-time secretary was hired. As the company expanded, they built a new workshop and an addition to the house . We then moved the family and company to Eagleville. Most of the family has worked in the business throughout the years since the move; except for their daughter Lorrie. She became a registered nurse and works in the Health Care field. In December 1995, the company became an LLC and sons Derek, Jeff, Todd and Greg became partners in the business.
Milnar Organ Co. has built a corporate culture around the basic principal of consideration. We approach each and every phase of our operations with respect for both the human and financial resources. Our advanced technological production allows us to offer the most outstanding values for the highest quality work. Our commitment to quality application insures that our focus never waivers from the utilitarian aspects of our efforts. The end result is the highest quality construction completed in the most efficient manner to insure the ultimate value for the investment. We extend our philosophy of consideration to include the utmost respect for our clients, our employees and our competitors. In an industry where there are many quality alternatives, we are privileged to be considered among the leaders while striving to set standards for the growth of our industry. We would be honored to work with you and invite your inquiry.
Today, Milnar Organ Co. is providing services for more than 200 churches in 65 cities throughout the Southeast. Our Services Page offers a look into the professionalism that we give each and every customer. We have created a full service company where our churches can rely on us as the curator of their pipe organ. We are truly dedicated to serving our customers with the finest quality construction and service in the pipe organ industry.
"Above stained glass made by former employee Michael Hall in 1977 for Milnar Organ Co."
Historic Service Call
Noah Alan Milnar made his first service call on July 9th, 2013. He and his grandfather, Derek Milnar, visited Trinity Lutheran church in Tullahoma, TN., for a minor repair. Noah is the 4th generation Milnar to participate in the family business. Noah is eight years old and will be entering into third grade in the fall.
"Music gives a soul to
wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
and life to everything."
~ Plato ~
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