Top 50x2: Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort and Patriot Technologies

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. 

Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort
12806 Mink Farm Road | Thurmont

Established: 1964

Founders: Gordon and Pat Irons

Wonderful memories await you at Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort in the Catoctin Mountains of Thurmont, MD!  A unique resort offering Luxury Log Cabins, Seasonal Campsites, and a Meeting Space.  Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the comforts of home while getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.  Luxury Log Cabin Guests are greeted with old fashioned charm and hospitality (and freshly baked cookies too)!  Yearly campsites offer seasonal getaways with winter storage on your site.  Amenities include large outdoor swimming pool, playground, game room, fishing, hiking, and more! "Make lasting memories, one campfire at a time!”

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick County is a great place for businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry.  Support from local Main Streets, Frederick County tourism agencies, and inter-business cooperation are keys to success!  Location and diverse landscapes appeal to a variety of travelers: mountains, history, downtown attractions, wineries, orchards, and so much more! 

What is your advice to a young company?

Our advice to a young company is to find a career that you enjoy and share your passion.  Understand that every industry has seasons of highs and lows.  Be creative in the lows and not too comfortable in the highs.  Surround yourself with a trustworthy team and treat them well!

Patriot Technologies Inc
5108 Pegasus Court, Suite F | Frederick

Established: 1996

Founder: Steve Keefe

Patriot Technologies has over 24 years of experience in creating customized electronic solutions for commercial, military, defense and intelligence programs. Patriot continues to apply its expertise and creativity for innovative cybersecurity solutions to support a wide variety of mission goals with special expertise in Mobility and Public Safety for emergency personal and first responders. Patriot brings decades of wireless product design and systems experience including the design, installation and commissioning of complex Mobile systems for Homeland Security, emergency personnel, as well as cellular and PCS communication networks.  Our core capabilities of creating and manufacturing everything from PCB’s to full rack solutions combined with worldwide logistics capabilities continues to help our partners meet and exceed their mission goals.

What is your advice to a young company?

Know your strengths, weaknesses and what you really enjoy doing.   Do what you love to do, not what has to be done. Hire others who are good at what you're not.

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.