Q&A with Rich Piselli

President and Founder of Piselli Enterprises


Remind our readers of Piselli Enterprises’ role in the
gear-manufacturing industry.

We have over 30 years of experience buying and selling used gear equipment. I was the previous owner of RP Machine Enterprises that I had sold in 2014. Two years later, we went back into the business as a leaner operation to service the gear industry.

We’re able to source, rebuild, repair, and maintain high-quality used gear equipment. Because of our vast experience in the gear industry, our network enables us to address a variety of our customers’ needs quickly and efficiently.

How do you work with a customer when they come to you with a challenge that involves a gear or a spline or gearbox they need manufactured?

Most customers that contact us are prepared to tell us what they want, but if a customer needs more information, or is seeking consultation on a machine, we are more than happy to discuss a possible solution. Over time, I have built up a team of engineers I can contact for further recommendations on possible machines to fulfill a customer’s specific requirement.

Why does your more than 30 years of experience give you an advantage compared to competitors?

Because during those years, I have owned several manufacturing companies across a portfolio of industries including mining, automotive, and off-highway. Each of these industries requires different types of gear-manufacturing equipment, and when a customer comes to me with a need, I can provide a solution with the experienced knowledge necessary. Typically, I am able to address a customer’s needs with my vast inventory.

Piselli Enterprises, based out of Statesville, North Carolina, offers up high-quality new and used gear machinery along with associated manufacturing equipment. (Photos courtesy: Piselli Enterprises)

What are the advantages of buying used gear equipment?

Used gear equipment is the most cost-effective approach to manufacturing in the gear industry. As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, along with its price, there exists a great opportunity in the used gear machinery market to provide a similar product at a fraction of the price of new equipment.

How does your auctioneering business feature into the overall industry?

It gives customers another option. It’s for customers with not only gear machines, but for those with other types of equipment, a smaller plant, a line of product that’s not specific to gear cutting, or additional operations like lathes and mills and turning and machining. This brings in our auctioneering expertise in which we can offer a way for them sell their equipment in that product line.

That allows them a better opportunity to find the best qualified buyer, which, ultimately, leads to a better purchase price.

Where and how can customers get in touch with you?

We own a 100,000-square-foot facility in Statesville, North Carolina, and a quality staff of engineers willing to assist with any questions involving machinery, tools, parts, and service.