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Park Tool adds two to engineering staff

Published June 13, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (BRAIN) — Park Tool has added Mathew Wiest and Riley Thiesfeld to its engineering team.

The company said the new hires will contribute to designing the 20-30 new products Park Tool launches each year.

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."

Wiest joins Park 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 said, "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."

Thiesfeld joins Park 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 said, "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 Park's St. Paul headquarters and factory.

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