By 1904 the days of hand-blown glass were over signaled by the closing of the Lancaster Glass Works, but the industry continued in Lancaster. In 1907 a new mechanized glass factory operated at the corner of Sheldon and Drullard Streets. Hazel-Atlas eventually grew to become one of the largest glass manufacturing firms in the World. Lancaster was home to one of its 14 plants.
Its major products were food and beverage containers. Hazel-Atlas produced dozens of different patterns, with unique names. The Hazel-Atlas mark, usually placed on the back of the product, is an "A" nestled underneath an "H. The mark was reportedly first used in 1923, according to trademark office records.
Hazel-Atlas announced suspension of operations in 1964. Mayor Howard Benson wrote an open letter in The Lancaster Enterprise to the management of the Company hoping to save the plant.
“We are proud of Havel-Atlas and its predecessors. We want to continue as the 'Village with the Glass Factory.’ And if the Village Board can do anything to help keep the plant in operations, regardless of ownership, you may count upon our continue interest in your problems,” he wrote. (1)