SHARONVILLE - During the 1980s, inside a broom closet at Ford Sharonville, the Sharonville Shirt Shop was born. And what began as a few clothing items in a small space has become a huge success at this Ohio plant.
The Shirt Shop is currently staffed by a group of Ford Sharonville retirees who volunteer their time several hours per week.
“Ford Motor Company has been very good to us over the years,” said Paul Lloyd, retiree and Shirt Shop volunteer, “We’re just trying to give back by promoting the logo.”
And promote the logo they do. Shirt Shop inventory includes a variety of reasonably priced items ranging from T-shirts to mugs and more. Designs on the shirts range from a simple Ford Oval to those that are customized with slogans like "Built Ford Tough" and "Ford Sharonville Retirees."
The Shirt Shop is open Monday through Friday at the Sharonville site. The money that is made through the sale of these items is donated to charities served by Ford Sharonville.
Most recently, the Shirt Shop donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and in turn, helped the plant raise a record total for the organization.
“We’re not here to make money,” said Charles McKinney, retiree and Shirt Shop volunteer, “We’re here to support a company and community that has always supported us.”