Founding Member Spotlight | Howells Glass Company | October 2023

One hundred years ago, George Washington Howells, a man with an entrepreneurial spirit, came to Lancaster to establish Howells Auto Glass & Paint Company. The multi-faceted business consisted of hardware, paint, auto glass, screens, and window glass. Over the years, the business grew as son, Robert R. and grandson, Robert G. Howells, specialized in contract glazing, aluminum storefronts, doors, and windows.

Today, with over 20 full- and part-time employees, Robert G. Howells and the company continue to serve Lancaster and surrounding counties with a proud third-generation tradition of value, integrity, and service. Just like in 1924, “Howells will show you ‘Howell’ to do it right!”

We asked President Robert G. Howells how Howells Glass has changed over the past 100 years, and how being an ABC Keystone Founding Member has impacted the business.

What do you consider to be Howells greatest achievement?
We continue to serve Lancaster and surrounding counties with quality products and professional workmanship for 100 years. Howells Glass survived stock market crashes, a fire, and the recent pandemic. Changing economies and technologies bring many challenges, and we have changed our strategies to accommodate them.

How do you measure the success of your company?
Having dedicated and caring employees and a longstanding reputation with clients and the community. Always keeping quality, value, and teamwork at the forefront.

What are your top 3 goals for Howells Glass?
Increase internet marketing, continue to grow and expand our glass contracting business, and improve our effectiveness as a team.

How has being a founding ABC Member made an impact on Howells Glass?
The longstanding relationships with other business owners and community leaders are valued and vastly contributed to the growth of Howells Glass. ABC keeps us current on the latest economic, legal, regulatory, and industry news.

What advice would you give to potential and current ABC Members?
Take advantage of the expertise and support ABC offers its members. They are committed to quality, value, and integrity. They help you search for other contractors and suppliers, their sales volume, and types of construction. ABC also offers other member benefits, education, and resources for start-ups and established businesses.

What exciting projects are on the horizon at Howells Glass?
New contracts for apartment complexes, hotels, and increasing our convenience store business.