About Us


Adams Machinery was founded in 1967 by Ollie Adams and has been serving the metal working community of Arizona and New Mexico ever since. In 1991 Richard Short purchased Adams Machinery and has been operating in Tempe, Arizona.


Owner & Founder

Richard started in the metal working industry in 1967 as an apprentice at Pivot Punch Corp. building punches and dies for the stamping industry. He filled several managerial positions in his tenure with Pivot Punch then joining the Wiedeman Division of Warner and Swasey filling sales positions in Los Angeles and Atlanta. Richard was moved to the Bendix Industrial Customer Operations Division in 1982 and under went extensive product training for all machine tools manufactured by the Bendix Industrial Group. In 1984 Richard joined Toyoda Machinery USA as Regional Manager for the North Central region stationed in Detroit. He held several positions including National Sales Manager and Director of sales for G F I, the Grinding Machine Division of Toyoda Machinery USA through 1991, with a two year break in which he was International Sales Manager for Dynapath Controls.

You can depend on Adams Machinery for assistance in determining what machine will best fit your needs. This includes special application advice, the tooling necessary and many other components for a turnkey process. The components used in building the machines we distribute by world-class manufactures, and the use by many leading companies is testimony to the high degree of confidence we have in the products we offer.


Sales Manager

Ken Goodman joined Adams Machinery in September 2003 bringing with him 28 years experience in the manufacturing industry. He has previously held the positions of General Manager for an EDM and machining job shop in Arizona where he was responsible for all facets of the operation and prior to that as the applications department manager and then district sales manager for a major machine tool manufacturer.

While at Charmilles, Ken worked in the applications department for 12 years as a specialist and then as manager of the department. During that time he was deeply involved in developing cutting strategies with the R&D department in Geneva Switzerland. These strategies are still used on the machines sold today. As district manager for Charmilles for 4 years Ken was responsible for sales in the Midwest territory for EDM’s as well as the high-speed graphite milling machines. Prior to working at Charmilles Ken was a mold maker for 8 years.


Sales Manager

Paul Czaplicki, the newest member of the Adams team, came on board October 1, 2007. Paul’s first taste of machining (and the smell of cutting oil embedding in his clothes) came at the age of 16 when he started working in his cousin’s screw machine shop. This is where Paul came to appreciate and respect the talents of manual and cam machinists. His 14 years of experience with the Mori Seiki line of machine tools gave him irreplaceable experience in the positions of sales manager, sales engineer and applications engineering manager.

Seven of these years were spent in Arizona, the balance in Wisconsin. Prior to that Paul spent 4 years starting and managing a CNC machine shop for a large Hartford, WI manufacturer. The previous 8 years were spent at Milwaukee Valve Co. and George Meyer Co. as manufacturing / industrial engineer and CNC programmer.


Service Manager

Brian de Villier started at Adams Machinery in June of 2011, and has been excelling within his position ever since. With his drive to succeed, has been very proactive in attending several Doosan Technical courses boosting his credentials as a trusted Service Engineer.

Brian comes with a wide range of technical experience and knowledge which makes him a very welcomed and respected addition to Adams Machinery Service Staff.

Rest assured, at Adams Machinery, we only hire the best!


Parts Manager

Andrew joined Adams Machinery in March, 2017 as Parts Manager and GF Consumables Manager. Prior to joining Adams Machinery Andrew worked for AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess managing Fairmont Gold and specialized in customer satisfaction and providing personalized service.

In December, 2012 Andrew completed degrees in HRM and Computer Information Systems from Northern Arizona University.

We welcome Andrew, and we’re glad he is now part of our team.


Service Technician

Scott Short is our newest recruitment to the Adams Machinery Team. Scott joined the company in 2016 and brings vast knowledge in regards to servicing a wide variety of CNC machines.

Now that he has joined Adams Machinery, he is gaining valuable experience in the field and is clearly on his way to becoming one of our top service and applications technicians.

We’re more than happy with his performance, and he comes as a very welcomed addition to our dedicated team of professionals.


Office Manager

Nancy has been with Adams Machinery for 21 years. Nancy joined Adams as office manager in May 1997 with varied duties including A/R, A/P, Payroll, Human Resources, Banking and Parts Sales. Previous job experience included working in marketing and sales for two US machine tool manufacturers.

Duties included tradeshow coordination, marketing material production and distribution as well as machinery sales order entry.

At Adams, daily responsibilities include monitoring and reconciliation of accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll. Monthly tasks include preparation of monthly financial statements and processing of bank account reconciliations.


Senior Administrator

Karen has been with Adams Machinery since January of 2008 and has been a strong team member ever since. She brings to Adams Machinery 6 solid years of business co-ownership in the Residential Homebuilding field and over 20 year of collective Administrative experience.

Karen is now our top Administrative Assistant and interfaces with our customers and vendors by taking calls, processing machine and part purchase orders, managing customer invoices, A/R, UCC Liens, and machine freight logistics.

She is a valued asset to our team, and also possesses exceptional Customer Service skills. Feel free to get in touch today. Karen is always happy to help!

Over 50 Years of Experience and Service!

You can depend on Adams Machinery for assistance in determining what machine will best fit your needs.