Top 50x2: Pleasants Construction and R.W. Warner

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. 

Pleasants Construction
7700 Grove Road | Frederick
Established: 1964

Founder: William D. Pleasants, Sr.

Pleasants Construction is a, family owned and Maryland based, full-service turnkey construction company.  Our core services include earthwork, site development, demolition, paving, soil stabilization, site utility installation, material processing and trenchless underground utility repair.  Pleasants Construction employs approximately 370 employees.  We are proud to be one of Frederick County’s Top 25 Employers, which includes government and large corporate companies.    Pleasants recognizes that our employees are key to our success.  In addition to offering competitive pay and benefits we also have our own Pleasants Learning Academy offering nearly 200 training courses available to our employees( both in-person and online). 

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick County is a friendly place to do business!  It is a thriving and growing county and the county's administration staff is willing to assist businesses when in need.  The county offers a great employment base to draw from and is a great place to live.

What is your advice to a young company?

Define who you are and your company's core values.  Let these two things help to guide your company.  Treat your employees and customers as valued assets.

R.W. Warner, Inc.
217 Monroe Ave. | Frederick
Established: 1937

Founder: Reese William Warner Sr.

What began as a small service-oriented plumbing business in 1937 has grown into a multi-faceted construction company comprised of five specialized divisions - major mechanical, sheet metal, HVAC & plumbing service, and general construction. Now into its third generation of family ownership and operation, the company remains committed to its core values - Trust, Respect, and Value.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick County is a growing vibrant county with a lot of room for continued growth for years to come. Frederick County is the hub of Maryland.

Describe a significant event in your company’s history.

Moving our operations in 1982 to a new building on Monroe Avenue gave us the room to grow into the company we are today.

What is your advice to a young company?

Stay true to your business, stay conservative financially, and don't stop trying to improve everything you do every day.

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.