Family-owned businesses are the cornerstone of the U.S. economy. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 90% of U.S. businesses are family-owned. Perlick knows a little bit about being a family business. Since 1917, Perlick has been family-owned and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1917, Robert K. Perlick, a young German immigrant, started the R. Perlick Brass Works. Over the next five generations the Perlick family, along with many dedicated associates, has grown the business into a global manufacturing leader in commercial bar and beverage systems, premium residential refrigeration and brewery fittings.