Written by Karl on June 10, 2016/Park Tool News
Park Tool Adds Two to Engineering Staff
Park Tool is pleased to announce the addition of Mathew Wiest and Riley Thiesfeld to their engineering team. These two new hires will continue the rich history of designing the 20–30 new products Park Tool launches each year while bringing new innovation to the category.
Eric Hawkins, Park Tool’s President, Owner and Chief Mechanic said, “I am thrilled to bring these two quality guys with such impressive backgrounds and experiences on board. This gives us the opportunity to step up our efforts to innovate, expand our in-house manufacturing and stay current with the constant change going on in our industry.”
Mathew Wiest joins Park Tool from Polaris Industries where he was a project engineer in the Motorcycle Group. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Wiest is an avid cyclist and self-proclaimed motorsports gearhead.
Wiest noted, “My passion for the sport and product has me very excited to be joining the recognized industry leader in bicycle tools. I look forward to making an impact and carrying forward the strong presence of Park Tool in the industry.”
Riley Thiesfeld joins Park Tool from Seagate where he designed high volume assembly machinery. A graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Thiesfeld is avid mountain biker, motorcycle enthusiast and furniture maker.
Theisfeld remarked about his new position at Park Tool, “I first learned of Park Tool back when I was a bike mechanic in high school. From there, my interest in bikes, design, and wrenching has only grown. I’m extremely excited to be working for Park Tool and looking forward to being part of the team.”
Both engineers will work out of the St. Paul, Minnesota headquarters and factory.