Grizer inducted into Washington County Career Center hall of fame

Photo Provided An aerial view of Grizer Castle in Whipple, built by William Grizer.

MARIETTA — A local businessman has been inducted into the Washington County Career Center Alumni Hall of Fame

William Grizer, a 1983 Marietta High School graduate in the Career Center’s masonry trades program, has owned and operated two businesses in construction and extermination, Modern Solutions and Modern Pest Control, respectively.

In 2000, he opened Grizer Arms, a company that designs and builds fully automatic machine guns for the United States military through the Department of Justice. Grizer also is a preacher at the Bible Missionary Church in Marietta.

For the past five years, Grizer has been building his second Norman-style castle in Washington County on Scotts Ridge Road in Whipple. Grizer Castle boasts more than 46,000 blocks and stones and concrete floors throughout.

A grand opening is planned in August. The place can be booked for medieval-themed events, birthdays, weddings and other events.

Photo Provided William Grizer standing outside of Grizer Castle in Whipple. Grizer was named to the Washington County Career Center Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Career Center influenced his childhood goal to build a castle.

“When I was about 8- or 9 years old, I watched the movie ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and told my parents I wanted to build a castle just like the one in the movie. Instructors, Mr. Frank Davis and Mr. Richard Hockenberry, taught me the skills needed to fulfill my childhood dream,” Grizer said. “Earning a high school diploma was great, but the 1,569-hour masonry certificate I earned at the Career Center, which is framed and hanging in my home, is priceless to me. I am truly grateful and humbled for the honor of becoming an Alumni Hall of Fame recipient.”

Grizer resides in Whipple with his wife, Barbara. They have six grown children: Brenda of the home, Benjamin of Marietta, Brad (Jaclyn) of Marietta, Billy (Rebecca) of Whipple, Bethy of Queens, N.Y., and Barbie of New York City, and one grandchild, Lance.