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Forest City Gear Appoints New President

Kika Young

Forest City Gear, a manufacturer of fine and medium pitch custom gears, has announced the appointment of Kika Young as President of the company.

Young will build upon the legacy of her parents, Fred and Wendy Young. Wendy Young was president of the company from 2002 until 2012, when she was named CEO. She served as CEO until her passing in February of 2022. Wendy was instrumental in establishing Forest City Gear's reputation as a world-class, family-owned gear manufacturer.

"Under Kika Young's leadership, the company's senior management team-which includes Jared Lyford, Director of Manufacturing Operations; Jeff Mains, Director of Technical Operations; and Gary Strakeljahn, Controller-will continue to drive Forest City Gear's commitment to excellence and to delivering the high standards of quality and service for which the company is known," said a company spokesperson.

According to Fred Young, Chairman of Forest City Gear, "The best way to honor Wendy's legacy, and the legacy that every member of the Forest City Gear family has helped build, is by continuing to operate as a family-owned company. I look forward to watching Kika as President, along with the support of her sisters Appy Mikel and Mindy Young, lead the company into the future, while continuing to honor the traditions that make Forest City Gear such a special place."

For more information contact:

Forest City Gear

11715 Main Street

Roscoe, IL 61073


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