Three Generations of Female Ownership
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Kay McKinney Mlakar, Chairman of the Board and Owner of The Millcraft Paper Company, has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally as a leading business woman.
The Millcraft Paper Company has a unique three-generation history as a woman-owned business which was started in 1920 by Kay's grandmother and grandfather.
Today, The Millcraft Paper Company is one of the largest independent paper merchants in the
" Millcraft has always been a part of my family. In 1920, three generations ago, my grandparents, Pauline and Harold Keil, founded The Millcraft Paper Company on its core business philosophy of treating everyone -- employees, customers and suppliers--with honesty and respect. My grandparents' corporate principles truly mirrored their own personal values and today remain their greatest Millcraft legacy...one which I strive to reinforce in our day-to-day business practices.
In 1956, Harold Keil died, passing sole ownership to Pauline. Thus began Millcraft’s history as a woman-owned company.
By the time my sister, Linda McKinney Hart, and I started working at Millcraft during our teenage years, Millcraft was firmly established with a sound reputation as a respected, regional paper company. Together we learned the business from the bottom up as well as the top down. Everywhere, the business ethic was the same: a straightforward approach to conducting business as if customers were friends, because most of the time they were.
In 1976, Millcraft was passed on to Pauline’s daughter – my mother, Jane Keil McKinney. She, too, had grown up with Millcraft and understood it well. While the company was poised to enter its greatest period of growth and change, she made sure its core values stayed true to its founding principles.
My mother owned Millcraft from 1976 until 1986, when ownership transferred to my sister Linda and me.
During this phase of our joint leadership, Millcraft faced rapid expansion throughout
In 2005, Millcraft was first officially certified by the Women’s Business
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