Henneman Engineering Builds on 55 Years of Success

In 56 years of operation, Henneman Engineering has transformed from a small group of engineers to a firm with nearly 85 engineers and technical employees in eight cities across the nation. Projects range from engineering studies to $200 million building facilities. The mission of Henneman has remained the same:  to provide innovative, cost-effective and quality engineering solutions that are responsive to client’s needs in a professional and profitable manner.

Engineering has always been a Henneman family tradition with roots in electrical engineering and construction going back to the 1910s in Chicago.  In 1961, Ralph Henneman founded the firm in Urbana, Illinois with partner Raymond Carroll.  Michael Henneman joined the firm in 1975 and today serves as Chairman and CEO.  

Early in Henneman’s history, the firm developed many significant relationships that helped establish it as a leader in the areas of healthcare, higher education and government.  These key relationships were built on trust and longevity, paving the way for Henneman’s future growth.

One of Henneman’s first healthcare-related projects was for Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois in the early 1970s.  This led to other projects in the healthcare industry and helped to establish Henneman as an expert in the field. 

Another of the firm’s early projects outside of Illinois was for the Army Corps of Engineers where Henneman completed a project for the Ballistic Missile System in San Bernardino, California.  In addition, Henneman has always had strong ties to The University of Illinois where the firm has completed many projects. This helped build Henneman’s reputation in higher education and led to many other projects with universities throughout the country.

Over the years, Henneman has grown and expanded through a variety of mergers and acquisitions. In 1982, the firm became Henneman, Raufeisen and Associates when Al Raufeisen joined ownership. 

In 1995, Henneman purchased and merged with S & R Engineering of Urbana, Illinois.  Five years later, the firm purchased Jaspal Engineering Services of Madison, Wisconsin, establishing Henneman Jaspal Engineering Services in 2000.  In 2005, the firm changed its name to Henneman Engineering to highlight its strengths as a multi-disciplined engineering firm.

In 1997, a new growth strategy was implemented with the formation of the Industrial Technology Group (ITG).  ITG specializes in industrial projects including power generation plants, ethanol and biodiesal facilities and works with large clients including Caterpillar Tractor. 

Today Henneman Engineering is set apart by the outstanding team of professionals throughout its seven offices – many of whom have been with the firm more than 10 and 20 years.  Henneman also is focused on mentoring new talent and creating opportunities for young engineers.

After more than a half-century in business, it is Henneman Engineering’s commitment to excellence in engineering and ability to build long-term client relationships that has led the firm to a long history of success.