Former Chrysler worker opens his own business

By Lauren Lowrey - email

Posted by Dave Dykema - email

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Hanging a new sign outside his business, Ted Turner of C&T Clothing is excited.

His business opens Friday.

Turner is a former Chrysler employee who says he saw the writing on the wall and took a buyout this past December as the automaker struggled.

"I decided that now was the time for me to strike," says Turner. "Plus, I'm not getting any younger. I'm 50 years old and I decided anything I'll try to do, I better go ahead and do it now."

Opening the clothing store is something Turner's been mulling over for two years while still driving trucks for Chrysler.

When it was offered, Turner took his severance and went straight to George Robinson.

Robinson and his team at the Toledo Chamber of Commerce council hundreds of entrepreneurs every year in northwest Ohio -- for free.

"We take a very good review of the progress they've made on their business plan," says Robinson. "Then we basically put it on steroids."

Their review showed Turner had room for growth in designing his own clothing line, so they'll be creating clothes as well as selling them. It's all part of the Chamber's plan to help Turner go from "displaced worker" to "successful employer."

Inside C&T Clothing, they're filling the racks with items, specializing in big-and-tall and plus-sized clothes for men and women.

"Everything's not in the store just yet," says Turner, but by Friday, "We intend to have all that taken care of. Nobody knows if it's gonna work or not. But I think if you've got the faith and confidence, it will."

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