Roscoe, IL (June 20, 2024) – Forest City Gear, an industry-leading manufacturer of fine and medium pitch custom gears, is pleased to announce the hire of Jenny Howell as HR Manager.

In this role, Howell deals with day-to-day HR issues, onboarding new hires, processing payroll, and managing performance evaluations. “I have a lot of involvement with employees, which I love,” says Howell. 

Howell comes to Forest City Gear from 8 years at FurstStaffing, first as a Compliance Manager then as an HR Consultant. Prior to that, she was a Benefit Consultant at Benefit Planning Services for 14 years. 

“Several of Forest City Gear’s core values revolve around our employees—their well-being, training, continued education, maintaining a safe work environment, their families—so a robust and capable Human Resources department is critical to helping us ensure our commitments in these areas are met,” says Kika Young, President of Forest City Gear. “I am absolutely thrilled to have someone with Jenny’s extensive experience in benefits management, recruiting, and employee relations on staff to support our folks. In her short tenure, she has already implemented and improved upon many procedures and systems—that I myself put into place many years ago! I am excited to see what she is able to do in the coming months and years regarding employee satisfaction, holistic benefits management, and training initiatives.”


Since 1955, Roscoe, IL based, family-owned Forest City Gear has been one of the gear industry’s leading sources for the development, manufacture, and inspection of the highest quality gears for use in applications that range from medical devices to motorcycles, airplanes to automation, including the Mars Perseverance Rover.  

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