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.