When Billie and Richard G. Henning realized there was a need for practical and affordable manufacturing software for small- to medium-sized job shops, they sprang into action, taking matters into their own hands.

As a result, Henning Industrial Software, Inc., was founded in 1990. Between Billie’s well-rounded manufacturing background and Rich’s strong computer software development experience, their software line, Visual EstiTrack™ and Visual Books™ were created.

Over the years, Visual EstiTrack has matured to support many types of organizations, including: screw machine, job shops, powdered metal, glass, tool and die, fabrication, distribution, assembly, and other industry-related companies.

Since its inception, Henning Software has continued to grow and moved into its new headquarter offices in 2006. The new state-of-the-art offices feature an in-house training facility and remote communications which provide for fast, always-customer communications.

Meet the founders

Serving as president, Rich has a computer science degree and graduate level training. He spent his formative years developing software and providing long-range information systems planning for Ernst & Young (accounting firm), and the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation before launching Henning Software in 1990.

Rich participated in desktop computer revolution when personal computers were just beginning to change the ways in which people do business. He participated in the client/server revolution. Henning Software has grown from a one-user DOS program to a multi-user, objected-oriented Windows environment, capable of supporting multiple workstations in large manufacturing facilities.

Billie, who is vice president, has literally been involved with manufacturing her entire life.  She grew up working in and ultimately managing her family’s precision machining manufacturing business.  She has a wealth of experience from working on the shop floor, sales and managing the front office.  She pioneered the use of personal computers in her family business and is instrumental in the design of Henning Software’s products. She has mentored, trained and consulted with hundreds of companies in the use of Henning Software’s products here in the USA and throughout the world.