Stetler and Evelyn Young founded and operated Forest City Gear with an emphasis on developing close relationships with customers, vendors and employees. Our machinery has evolved to the point that it would be nearly unrecognizable to our founders, but our way of doing business has not. Forest City Gear, led by the Young family, operates a world-class business while maintaining those personal relationships with our customers, vendors and employees. The timeline highlights some of our milestones.

1904

Stetler Young born in Montoursville, PA.

1906

Evelyn Joelson born in Russia.

1930

Stetler and Evelyn marry

1943

Fred Young born in Chicago.

Fred Young. Born April 1943

1948

Stetler enters the gear industry, joining Rynel Gear Corp. in Sterling, IL.

1953

Stetler works his way up to president of Rynel Gear.

1965

Fred graduates from Rockford College (now Rockford University) with a BA in English literature.

1970

Stetler and Evelyn gradually step away from the business as Fred takes on more responsibility.

1981

Fred Young and Wendy Nutter wed on the banks of the Wolf River in Wisconsin. They honeymoon in Europe, including an extended visit to the Koepfer plant in Germany, where lifelong friendships are made and additional machinery and tooling are acquired.

2000

Fred serves as chairman of AGMA.

2012

On-campus facility, Roscoe Works, built to better accommodate high-volume customers.