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Milnar Organ Company

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Our History


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, New York. He knocked anyway and asked for work. The man who answered the door was Mr. Robert Colby, the company president and Dennis's future mentor. 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, Tennessee, and started Milnar Organ Company.


Humble Beginnings

The company started in the basement of the Milnar family home. 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. She worked until the early '80s, when a full-time secretary was hired.

As the company expanded, they built a new workshop and an addition to the house. They then moved both the family and the company to Eagleville. Most of the family has worked in the business throughout the years since the move. In December 1995, the company became an LLC, and sons Derek, Jeff, Todd, and Greg became partners in the business.

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A Culture of Professionalism & Respect

Milnar Organ Company has built a corporate culture around the basic principle of professionalism. We approach each and every phase of our operations with respect for both the human and financial resources involved. Our advanced technological production facilities allow us to offer the most outstanding value and the highest quality of work. The end result is the best possible instrument completed in the most efficient manner to ensure 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 industry growth.

Today, Milnar Organ Company provides services for more than 200 churches in 65 cities throughout the Southeast. We have created a full-service company that clients can always rely on. We are truly dedicated to serving our customers with the finest quality construction and service in the pipe organ industry. We would be honored to work with you and invite your inquiry.