Top 50x2: Hillside Turkey Farms and His Place

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. 

Hillside Turkey Farms Inc
30 Elm Street | Thurmont
Established: 1939

Founders: Pauline Smith

Hillside is a multi-generational family business that produces an excellent variety of turkey, chicken and other meat products. The smokehouse is the crown jewel of their operation and has been supplying delicious smoked turkey products for decades. Fresh, locally produced, quality food with great prices and fantastic customer service since 1939.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

The community is very supportive and makes it easy to serve them.

What is your advice to a young company?

It’s all about foundation. You need to create something solid that future generations will be able to build on.

His Place Inc.
20 Creamery Way | Emmitsburg
Established: 1969

Founders: William C Kuhn Sr.

Fifty years is a long time for anyone to be in business. And just how do you stay in business for 50 years in the repair industry? Mostly by repairing your customer’s cars quickly, right the first time, and for a fair price. Bill Kuhn III, the owner of His Place, not only takes good care of his customers, but keeps up with the technology needed to repair their cars. He employs technicians that are ASE Certified and constantly involved in classes that keep them on the cutting edge of automotive technology. His Place also specializes in the diagnosis and repair of light diesel trucks. Additionally, His Place is an authorized AAA Repair Facility, an approved NAPA AutoCare Center, and an official Maryland Inspection Station.

What is your advice to a young company?

Stay focused on your community and their needs. Being a part of a community is more than just offering services, it is also about giving back and investing in the people and the places that make it work for everyone!!

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.