Meet Our Team

A family-owned and operated business for over seventy years, Thayer Scale’s executive team are experts in engineering and manufacturing of continuous weighing and feeding equipment. They are innovators and pioneers in the industry, providing leadership for the team of experts who work with customers to develop industry-leading technical solutions.

Frank Hyer | Thayer Scale

Frank Hyer

Chairman and CEO

Frank joined Thayer Scale in 1963 as manager of engineering and manufacturing, and was promoted to general manager of the company in 1965. In 1973, he acquired Thayer Scale from Cutler-Hammer and founded Hyer Industries. Frank has been an active innovator and pioneer in the continuous weighing field for more than fifty-five years (he published his mechanical engineering master’s thesis entitled “A Scientific Approach to Conveyor Weighing” in 1968). Frank holds math and engineering degrees from Ripon College and the University of Delaware, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Frank is a lifetime member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Society of Automation. He has served as past director of the Process Weighing Committee of ISA, and he helped to draft the committee’s input to the National Bureau of Standards Handbook 44. Frank is an active patentee and contributor of technical articles in the fields of weighing and material handling. He is married and enjoys golf, travel, and spending time with his three children and four grandchildren.

David Hyer | Thayer Scale

David Hyer

President and General Manager

David rejoined Thayer Scale in 2013 as vice president and general manager and was promoted to President in 2016; he is responsible for daily company operations. David was first employed by Thayer Scale in 1985 as a college student; at that time he wrote machine-level code for the company’s PI-164 instrument.

Previously, David was the division manager for Teradyne’s circuit-board test and inspection business. His professional experience includes senior management positions in sales and business development at Teradyne, as well as at two venture capital-backed startups. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. He is married with three children, and enjoys tennis, golf, and spending time on his boat.

Todd Newman

Vice President of Engineering and Development

Todd Newman leads Thayer Scale’s product development efforts and custom-engineered solutions. He joined Thayer in May 2021 and brings over sixteen years of experience with process control and engineering development.

He has served in several significant engineering roles at Thermo Fisher Scientific since 2006. In his previous role as Senior Engineering Manager of the Materials and Minerals business unit, he was responsible for delivering productivity increases within the engineering teams around the globe for custom engineered solutions and product standardizations. Before this, he led the Bulk Material Handling and Process Analytics engineering teams at Thermo Fisher to cut costs and develop products as Senior Engineering Manager. Prior to joining Thermo, he was Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager with F&S Fabricating serving the mining and paper mill industry in Northern Minnesota.

Newman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His experience working with global engineering teams will promote growth in many segments and geographies for Thayer Scale’s equipment and instruments. He currently enjoys hiking in Massachusetts with his wife and three children, cycling throughout the summer, and canoeing in the Boundary Waters.