Local teen inventor to swim with the sharks on ABC

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A Liberty Township teen is hoping to take his inventions to the next level by appearing on “Shark Tank.” He’s already sold thousands of products across the country and even overseas, but what will the sharks say?

From his home in Liberty Township, 15-year-old Carson Grill invented something to make cleaning up his messes a little easier.

“So, about two years ago, I was making a bunch of marks on the wall,” Grill said. “My dad would make me do touch-ups with him.”

His dad said the old paint they would use was clumpy, aerated and just not feasible for painting walls.

That’s when the Bishop Fenwick student made a container called the “Touch Up Cup” to store paint for over 10 years.

“A 13-ounce polypropylene cup with a stainless-steel blending sphere, extra threads and an airtight silicone seal,” Grill said.

The father-son duo are doing well with their new invention. They’ve sold about 55,000 units, about 30,000 three-packs and about 20,000 individual cups.

But wait! There’s more!

“I have a muffin fresh, bagel fresh and a donut fresh,” Grill said. “They are ergonomically designed containers to extend the freshness of muffins, bagels and donuts by three to four days longer than conventional packaging.”

Jason Grill might be Carson’s dad, but his son is the boss of the business.

“He’s the CEO and I answer to him,” Jason Grill said.

The proud dad and his son flew to Las Vegas and stayed in a hotel room 11 days for isolation due to COVID-19 safety procedures before entering the shark tank.

“When we went to the tank I was nervous and he wasn’t!” Jason Grill said. “But it turned out great.”

Jason and Carson were among 44,000 applicants that were narrowed down to 22,000. Only 85-90 will actually appear on the show.

You can watch the two present to the sharks Friday night on ABC on the season premiere of “Shark Tank” at 8:00 p.m.

You can check out the Touch Up Cup and place an online order here.

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