Top 50x2: Donald B Rice Tire Co and Donald L. Lowe & Sons

In this year’s special edition of Frederick Top 50x2, we are recognizing Frederick County’s most resilient businesses that have been serving our community for 20 years or more.  Each week we will be highlighting businesses and organizations that were selected for the publication.  These are the companies that prove that Frederick County is a great place to do business. 

Donald B Rice Tire Co
909 N East St | Frederick
Established: 1956

Founder: Donald B. Rice

Rice Tire is a multi-location tire dealer located in the DMV. We have 13 locations servicing commercial and consumer customers with brands including Goodyear, Michelin, Continental, General, Falken and many more. 

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick County has a great sense of community. We've been in business in the county for over 60 years and the community is as tight knit now as it was when we started.

Describe something significant in your company’s history.

In 2019, the fourth generation of the Rice family joined the company ensuring we will be around for many more years!

What is your advice to a young company?

Hire good people and let them do their jobs!

Donald L. Lowe & Sons, Inc.
4937-H Green Valley Rd. | Monrovia
Established: 1969

Founder: Donald L. Lowe Sr.

We are a family-owned and operated full service heating, air conditioning, and ventilation company.  We have over 50 years of experience working on residential and new construction, as well as providing a full range of HVAC equipment sales, service and installation. ​

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

We love having our company in Frederick County. It is a great place to work, live and play. We love that it serves as a great hub to the surrounding counties as well. A great community to be a part of.

Frederick County is very fortunate to have an amazing business community, especially those that have been in business for over 20 years.  We understand that there are more than 100 legacy businesses in Frederick County, but unfortunately, we were not able to include all these businesses in the Top 50x2.  The businesses included were selected from responses submitted to a business survey.  OED staff verified the responses and then selected the businesses on a first come first serve basis.  If your business would like to be included in future opportunities, please email

Some photographs included in the publication were taken pre-COVID.  OED encourages everyone to follow precautionary guidelines set forth by the Frederick County Health Department.