A Company Based on Fanatical Client Service
Quill Corporation was founded in 1956 by Jack Miller, operating by himself out of his father’s chicken store. As Quill grew, Jack was joined by his brothers Harvey L. and Arnold Miller. Quill would eventually develop “from a single phone in Dad’s chicken store to a $630 million business, all based on an unwavering focus on, great customer service, a great organization, very hard work, and tremendous integrity.” This same business philosophy has been carried over to Millbrook Real Estate Company, and these values are present every single day in every Millbrook building and management teams.
In 1997, Quill was sold to Staples, and Jack and Harvey Miller used the 37 acres they owned in Lincolnshire/Buffalo Grove on which Quill was located to create the Millbrook Business Center, thus founding Millbrook Real Estate Company. The Millers built the Millbrook Business Center as a Class A office park with Class A in-house property management. A total of six buildings were developed between 1997 and 2004 totaling 660,000 square feet.
In 2005 Millbrook Real Estate Company had its first opportunity to expand its Real Estate Portfolio, with the purchase of a 41,000 square foot office/medical building in Glenview.
While many real estate investors saw the Great Recession of 2008 as a time of despair, Jack and Harvey saw this as a great opportunity. In 2009 Millbrook purchased the Arboretum Lakes complex in Lisle, Illinois, a four-building, Class A business park totaling 740,000 square feet. This acquisition more than doubled Millbrook’s square footage. In 2012 Millbrook purchased 5215 Old Orchard Road in Skokie, a 210,000 square foot, Class A office building, and in 2013 Millbrook acquired the 67,000 square foot 701 Warrenville Road restoring Arboretum Lakes to one 807,000 square foot office park under one ownership.
Millbrook added 850,000 square feet to their portfolio in 2015-2016 bringing the portfolio to 2.4M square feet. Included in these acquisitions were Highland Pointe, a 375,000 square foot office complex in Lombard IL, 250 E. Wisconsin, a 200,000 square foot, 20-story office building in downtown Milwaukee, WI, and Parkview Plaza, a 265,000 square foot building in Oakbrook Terrace IL. Millbrook has now recently expanded geographic reach with 3 acquisitions totaling 700,000 sf in the Philadelphia market.
As Millbrook has expanded, its ideals, values, and the commitment to customer service have never wavered. Customer satisfaction will always be the top priority.