Recent News

Welch and Rushe Small Projects Division, Re-established

Welch and Rushe’s Small Projects Division (SPD) was re-established earlier this year and is helping us grow during the pandemic. This unique division is a practical solution to customers looking to complete smaller repair and alternation projects. SPD is also a vital link between our large construction division and our Service Department. This division certainly adds value to our company and enhances the ways ensure customer satisfaction.

A Construction Industry Health Awareness

Are there unintended health consequences to hard work and the quest to successfully complete projects? Construction is both labor intensive and demanding yet rewarding when you know you are contributing to the building of something that will be used by others. October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and the construction industry is becoming more aware of workers having an increased risk for a substance abuse disorder, particularly after an injury. Recently, Welch and Rushe was approached by representatives from the State of Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration with a request to assist them in connecting to construction leaders about the rising use of substance abuse in the construction industry, nationwide. In efforts to be both better informed and to lend a hand, we were fortunate to interview Dr. Aliya Jones, Maryland’s Behavioral Health Deputy Secretary, on this health awareness topic.

Click the link below to read the full interview in our newsletter.

A Return to a New Normal

In some way, COVID-19 impacted businesses, and the construction industry in the state of Maryland became essential. The safety of our valued employees is a priority, and drastic changes were implemented company wide. Approximately 90% of our in-office personnel began working remotely, 100%. While occasional remote working is not unfamiliar to Welch and Rushe, 5-days a week for six straight weeks was an uncommon scenario. In accordance with Maryland’s re-opening guidelines, OSHA and the CDC, we are upholding all in-office safety measures for our employees; this includes but not limited to the implementation of in office social distancing, increased surface cleaning, and close adherence to face coverings while in the office. As a result of our new in-office norms, we are pleased to share that our office personnel are now physically back in the office three days a week. Thank you, team, for your partnership, patience, and trust during those uncertain times. You were missed, and we are happy to see you.

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MSCA 2020 Extraordinary Everyday Hero – Congratulations to Leeann Reece!

The Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) has been honoring Extraordinary Everyday Heroes from across the United States for the past 5 years. This year’s list of awardees represents a truly unique group of individuals who have shown-up in bold, compassionate, and resilient ways for the betterment of others.  It is with great honor that we share with you our Extraordinary Everyday Hero, Leeann Reece. She is only one of two from the state of Maryland and shares this honor with only 18 other industry heroes nationally. With every step and with every breath Leeann is selflessly in service to others. She has been our HR Manager for the past 9 years while, at the same time, also serving as an active Fire Fighter and a volunteer EMT. From a frontline worker to help those who may have contracted COVID-19 to day to day emergencies, to doing her part in our human resource department, Leeann is a hero who is stepping out, stepping up and making things happen.

Click on the link to read MSCA’s full list of heroes.

Mechanical Contractor Association (MCA) Member Spotlight on Thomas (Tommy) Godbold  

Undoubtedly there are many stresses in life yet, no one is ever distracted by negativity nor a lack of productively if Tommy Godbold is involved. His work ethic is impeccable and his meticulous drive towards excellences is noticeable. He also has a logical and fair approach to negotiating on behalf of the company which is always appreciated. Tommy’s natural ability to work collaboratively with others is inspiring and we are proud to have him as one of our valued Welch and Rushe team members.

Click to read the full MCA Member Spotlight here:

Congratulations to Mike Wilde, Lead Estimator, as our Employee of the Quarter!

“Mike’s personality and can-do attitude is a great asset to the success of the estimating team and our company. Thanks Mike and keep up the great work!” – Jamie Friedrich, Vice-President/Estimating

Useful Tips

To prevent sediment from forming at the bottom of your water heater, a yearly draining is recommended. Here are steps on how to drain your water heater:

  1. Turn off gas supply valve or the electric circuit breaker feeding the water heater, depending on your home’s energy source.
  2. Shut off the water feed valve located on the cold-water piping at the top of the heater.
  3. At the bottom of the heater, there should be a small (usually plastic) valve with a hose connection on it. Install a garden hose to this and run it to the nearest outside location.
  4. Open the drain valve with the hose attached to it. To help vent the system and allow for full water flow out of the drain valve, open any hot water faucet in the house. You should now start seeing flow from the hose outside. If no water is seen draining, call a professional. If draining, allow until flow stops.
  5. Once draining is completed, open water valve to heater for a few minutes to stir up and push out any sediment at the bottom of the tank.
  6. Close drain valve with hose attached and verify water is no longer draining outside. Remove hose and allow tank to fill completely.
  7. Turn gas or electric back on to heater and remember to close open faucet.

Water Heater Hint:

Keep the temperature setting to a maximum 120° F. For every 10 °F (higher / more) you can expect to pay 5% more in energy costs.

Welch and Rushe’s Response to Covid-19

We remain both vigilant and diligent in adhering to the guidance provided by local, state, and federal experts on all matters related to COVID-19. As information develops, we are proactive in our actions in keeping our employees, our customers, and families safe and healthy. Since we are a part of the construction industry, our company like many others, is deemed essential to the infrastructure of country. As a result, we are taking every precaution possible to protect everyone in accordance with updated protocols from the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). All employees, from the office to the jobsite, are supported in efforts that will keep everyone safe. Welch and Rushe’s COVID-19 mitigation plan includes but is not limited to:

  • Advocating for physical/social distancing throughout the workplace
  • Reinforcing the importance of proper hygiene from hand washing, sneezing and coughing etiquette, and alternate methods to greet someone instead of handshakes or close contact
  • Providing washable and disposable face coverings to everyone
  • Restricting outside visitors to the office
  • Equipping our tradesmen with appropriate Covid19 PPE and disinfectants for the cleaning of tools and workspaces
  • Reducing office personnel to 50% building occupancy and increasing telework
  • Increased office cleaning of high touch surfaces
  • Regular temperature taking

We remain committed to upholding safety as a top priority even as this pandemic evolves.

Welch and Rushe, Inc.
391 Prince George’s Boulevard
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Office: (301) 430-6000
Fax: (301) 430-6001

Direct Line and After Hours:
(301) 430-6005
Fax: (301) 430-6006


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Welch and Rushe
391 Prince George’s Boulevard
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Office: (301) 430-6000
Toll Free: (800) 683-3852
Fax: (301) 430-6001

Direct Line and After Hours: (301) 430-6005
Fax: (301) 430-6006


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