Milan Prpić was born in 1874 in Krivi Put, above Senj, in Vojna Krajina, on the border between Gorski Kotar and Lika. In this area the people practiced agriculture, and also dealt with forests and woods. Like many other boys he began to work with his father on logging. Then, as a young man, he managed the business of one large Austrian entrepreneur in Bosnia also in the timber industry, and then founded his own companies in Gorski Kotar and Slavonia. Exploitation of the rich forests, primary wood processing and its export were at the end of the 19th century our most important industrial sector. By the end of the World War I he did not work with textile. Favorable political conditions for the development of the domestic industry occurred after the separation of Croatia from the Monarchy in 1918 and after joining the Kraljevina SHS (Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes). During the 1920s the revival of the textile industry occurred in the Kingdom, and in Croatia. New economic situation encouraged also Prpić to invest in that production.
Milan Prpić is one of historical figures who have significantly and positively affected the life of the community. Life of many people was determined by the existence and work of its factories. In Zagorje he is remembered mostly by people from Zabok and Oroslavje. In Oroslavje he appeared at the beginning of the 1920s. He bought the estate of Baron Vranyczany and built on it the textile factory. In the middle of the 1930s he built another one in Zabok. In less than ten years (1936-1945), in relatively short time he changed Zabok thoroughly, just like he did before in Oroslavje and its surroundings.