About Us

HMG - Our Founders
L-R: Dale J. Henry, P.E., Harold D. Meisenheimer, P.E., Robert L. Gende, P.E., P.L.S., Kenneth L. Figge, P.E., S.E.

Henry, Meisenheimer & Gende, Inc. (HMG), d/b/a HMG Engineers, Inc., is a 100% employee-owned multi-discipline consulting engineering firm headquartered in Breese, Illinois, providing quality professional engineering, surveying & geomatics services with a focus on transportation and water infrastructure.

Since 1966, HMG has served clients in Illinois and throughout the Midwest. Whether villages of several hundred population to major metropolitan areas, municipal MFT projects to major interstates, main extensions to state-of-the-art treatment facilities, we are large enough to handle multiple large projects and small enough to provide personalized service.

Our mission is to meet the needs of our clients by providing quality engineering services to support sustainable infrastructure for future generations.

HMG offers active involvement of principals on projects, integrated multi-discipline solutions, application of appropriate technologies, creative and innovative solutions, high ethical standards, stability with low personnel turnover and effective communication.  In turn, our clients receive cost-effective solutions, timely performance, no surprises and desired results – a successful project.

HMG Engineers, Inc.

Meet our Leadership Team

Bradley G. Hummert, P.E., S.E.

President / CEO, Chief Structural Engineer

Mr. Hummert is President of Henry, Meisenheimer & Gende, Inc. As managing agent for structural engineering, he leads structural evaluation projects related to transportation and infrastructure, including highway and pedestrian bridge projects. His bridge design experience includes preparation of bridge condition reports, cost estimates of design alternatives, type, size, and location plans, final contract plans and specifications, and the review of fabrication shop drawings. His infrastructure design experience includes water and wastewater treatment plant structures, and power plant structures.

He has over 32 years of experience in consulting engineering with an emphasis on Illinois Department of Transportation, County and municipal clients. Mr. Hummert has a BS in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois & Missouri, and is a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois. He is based at the Corporate Office.


Brian R. Buchheit, P.E., BCEE

Chief Operating Officer, Senior Principal - Water

Mr. Buchheit is corporate Secretary-Treasurer and managing agent for professional engineering for Henry, Meisenheimer & Gende, Inc.  He also provides technical guidance and treatment plant design expertise to HMG’s Water Group. Mr. Buchheit also oversees operations of HMG’s wholly owned subsidiaries, and HMG Group, the firm’s affiliated service group.

He has over 26 years of experience in water and wastewater engineering, both as a consultant to municipalities and industries, and as an engineer for large investor-owned water utility.  Mr. Buchheit has a BS in General Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, & Missouri, and has obtained specialty certification as a Board Certified Environmental Engineer in water supply and wastewater engineering by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He is based at the Corporate Office.


Scott A. Rakers, P.E.

Executive Vice President, Director - Transportation

Mr. Rakers is a principal in the firm and leads roadway-related transportation projects. His design experience includes highway design process, including project reports, drainage, pavement, intersection, interchange, traffic signals, retaining walls, storm sewer, stage construction, bridge approaches, safety measures, traffic control, lighting, erosion control, right-of-way/easements, culverts and detours. Design experience also includes surveying, site development, parking lot, subdivision, levee, detention & retention ponds, utility coordination/relocation, recreational facilities (walking/biking paths; baseball, softball and soccer fields; tennis courts; etc.), railroads and airports.

He has over 32 years of experience in consulting engineering with an emphasis on Illinois Department of Transportation, County and municipal clients. Mr. Rakers has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois. He is based at the Corporate Office.


John A. Wieter, P.E.

Vice President, Director - Water

Mr. Wieter is a principal in the firm and leads HMG’s Water Group. His water supply experience includes facilities planning, hydraulic modeling, treatment plant design, pump station design, storage tank design & distribution system design. His wastewater experience includes treatment plant design, sludge management, infiltration/inflow analyses, lift station design, & collection system design.

He has over 15 years of experience in water & wastewater engineering, both as a consultant and as an engineer for the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District. Mr. Wieter has a BS in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and Missouri. He is based at the Corporate Office.


Douglas J. Ratermann, P.E., P.L.S.

Vice President, Director - Surveying & Geomatics

Mr. Ratermann is a principal in the firm and leads all surveying, GIS and mapping operations conducted by HMG. In addition, he is a project manager for municipal civil & roadway projects. His engineering experience includes pavement design, culvert and storm sewer design, local roads design and numerous industrial and commercial site design projects. Mr. Ratermann’s surveying experience includes initial alignment surveys, engineering design surveys, construction staking, right of way calculations and platting, works with FEMA on LOMAs and LOMRs.

He has over 28 years of experience in consulting engineering and surveying. Mr. Ratermann has a BS in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is a licensed Professional Engineer and licensed Professional Land Surveyor in Illinois. He is based at the Corporate Office.



HMG Engineers, Inc. also heads an affiliated service group (d/b/a HMG Group) via minority ownership in Asaturian Eaton & Associates, Inc. (AE), a civil, mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) and surveying firm in Carbondale, IL.

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