Ray O'Connor, executive officer of Topcon Corporation and president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), announced the formation of a new business unit created to focus exclusively on the construction market.

Topcon's survey instrument division also becomes a separate business unit. O'Connor said, "We are taking the two premier brands in the survey global marketplace — Topcon and Sokkia — and building an organization to maximize our opportunities in every segment of the survey business."

O'Connor said, "For construction, it is not so much a change in operation as it is a reinforcement of the importance of Topcon's construction industry business."

Jamie Williamson, senior vice president and general manager, will head up the TPS Construction Business Unit. Williamson has been with Topcon for 14 years and served as TPS senior vice president of sales and marketing until 2008 when he became senior vice president and general manager of the TPS Survey and Construction Business Unit.

O'Connor said, "Jamie and his team have extensive experience in the construction industry. Their dedication to excellence in all aspects of the business will enable TPS to grow our business exponentially. We look forward to Jamie continuing to build this organization, taking advantage of new opportunities for TPS in the construction industry."

Murray Lodge will continue as vice president of construction sales in the new business unit. Lodge was promoted to his current position in 2008 after serving as director of construction sales. O'Connor said, "Murray has excelled in each of his roles at Topcon, consistently providing broad-ranging leadership in the construction sales area."

Mark Contino has been named vice president of product marketing for construction and Topcon's other four business units. He will report to O'Connor.