Top 50x2: United Way and WERRES

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. 

United Way of Frederick County
629 N Market Street | Frederick
Established: 1938

United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Frederick County community. Specifically, UWFC supports ALICE (Asset, Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households. ALICE households are hardworking families who do not have sufficient income to meet Frederick County's high cost of living. UWFC emphasizes its role as a community change organization that works across the county to leverage financial, volunteer and advocacy resources to improve people's lives.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

For over 80 years, United Way has been fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Frederick County community.  Through good and hard times we have seen many positive things and responsiveness of donors and charitable community members which says a lot for those in Frederick County.

807 E South St. | Frederick
Established: 1930

Founders: Paul H. Werres

Werres Corporation was founded by Paul H Werres to serve the Federal Government in DC.  Moving to Frederick in the 80's, Werres has continued to grow to be a leading supplier of Material Handling Distribution equipment to commercial customers in the Mid-Atlantic and to the US Government worldwide.  In 2016, Werres was acquired by Raymond Corporation and became part of Toyota Industries Group Worldwide and further broadened the product offering.  But, what has allowed Werres to continue to flourish after all these years is the fantastic team of people we have on board.   The Best Team Wins and we have it!

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick is a great place to do business due to the talented workforce we can pull and the proximity to major distribution hubs.

Describe a significant event in your company's history.

Werres went from being a privately held company, to having Toyota as our ultimate parent.  The acquisition has reinvigorated Werres.

What is your advice to a young company?

Do your homework and be prepared to work hard to establish yourself.  Also, know your "brand" and your customer, but be prepared to be flexible if necessary.  Always be honest to your customers.

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.