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Woman-owned construction company evolving

HUNTLEY – Just out of college, Kellie Bell was as green as her original logo color when she opened Forrest Construction Group Inc. in 2002.

Today, she is celebrating a decade of business growth at a time when many construction companies have folded.

Kellie Bell is president of Forrest Construction Group Inc. The woman-owned design/build construction management company serves retail, commercial and industrial, medical, academia, and office clients with build-outs.

Headquartered in Huntley, Forrest Construction is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise in the city of Chicago, Cook County and nationwide. The state of Illinois recognizes Forrest Construction as a Female Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

Bell leads a team of experienced construction professionals, including the newest hire Rick Jensen as project superintendent. Jensen has 30 years experience in construction management.

Forrest Construction's recent projects include light industrial at Handifoil in Naperville and retail store build-outs such as the Puma store in Woodfield Mall. Crabtree & Evelyn contracted with Forrest Construction for their store in a Michigan mall which was so successful that it evolved into the renovation of the Woodfield Mall location as well.

A new high-profile project for Forrest Construction is working with Plote Construction to supply the toll plaza control buildings at the new Route 47 and I-90 interchange expansion.

Construction has been a volatile industry in recent years. "We learned to adjust to the lean times because we are a small, flexible operation," Bell said. "We took each job and gave it our best because we didn't know what was next.

“Reputation and longevity are critical to success in the trades," Bell added. "We keep evolving in staff and services to meet our clients’ needs and expectations. Being a Woman Business Enterprise allows for some opportunities; however, we have to work harder and strive to satisfy every customer to generate new leads and referrals.”

For more information on the construction management services of Forrest Construction Group, call 847-669-3800.

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