A Long History of Professional Locksmithing

Chester Gontner, founder of Wizard Lock & Safe Co., started his career in locksmithing as a hobby. After his hardware business closed during the depression of 1929, he returned home to Lancaster. He then opened his own locksmith's shop here in 1938 and the company he started is still in operation to this day.

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The evolution of Wizard Lock & Safe Co.

As the years went on, Chester hired his son Chet, who he turned the business over to when he retired. In 2008, Chet Gontner sold Wizard Lock & Safe Co. to 3 long-time employees, Karen Williams, Todd Henning, and Lary Engle.

The goal for this sale was to continue to grow the business without sacrificing the integrity of the company or the company vision.

Today, Wizard Lock & Safe Co. is the oldest locksmith company in Lancaster county, instilled with a reputation for prompt service and impeccable integrity.

Meet our management staff

Karen Williams, General Manager

Karen began her career at Wizard Lock & Safe Co. in 1983, starting as a part-time employee and quickly moved to full-time work.
She became a locksmith at a time when not many women occupied the field.

Karen became president of Wizard Lock & Safe Co. in 2008. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her grandkids, fishing, and collecting old padlocks.
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Todd Henning, Service Manager

Todd began working for Wizard Lock & Safe Co. in 1985 when he was just 18 years old. Todd serves as a locksmith, takes care of customer needs and coordinates the outside team of locksmiths.
Todd is also a safe technician and continues to take classes to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies.

Larry Engle, Assistant Service Manager

Larry became a locksmith in 1985 and joined Wizard Lock & Safe Co. in 1997. He became a master certified locksmith in 1989 and also serves as a safe technician. Larry attended Comberland Perry Votech to study Automotive in 1980 and also served in the US Air Force from 1981-1985. During his time in the Air Force, Larry was team chief for a Minuteman III I.C.B.M.

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