CONCORDIA, ITALY—Topcon Positioning Group hascelebrated the groundbreaking of the Technology InnovationDistrict in Concordia.

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On June 18, Concordia community leaders joined Topcon executivesas they turned the ceremonial first spades of dirt. The projectscope consists of a 169,000 square meter campus, of which nearly45,000 will function as head-offices for Topcon-affiliatedorganizations, Tierra and Infomobility. The plans includeconstructing offices, logistics facilities andconstruction and agricultural machine control testingareas. The remainder of the land will be dedicated totechnical business services and activities commercially connectedto Topcon.

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Ray O'Connor, president and CEO of TopconPositioning Systems, said, “We recognize the responsibility andbenefits of cultivating our established partnerships in the region.As an addition to our global network of research facilities, thisnew technology center will provide a collaborative environment forspecialized areas of research and development. Additionally, giventhe close proximity to major universities, we expect to continue tostrengthen partnerships with these organizations for mutuallybeneficial research and educational opportunities.”

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Ivan Di Federico, chief strategy officer ofTopcon Positioning Systems, said, “with the telematics and softwaredesign expertise from Tierra and Infomobility, the technologycenter is off to a terrific start and the future looks evenbrighter. The talents and opportunities in the region put Topcon ina wonderful position to assist in fulfilling the agricultural andinfrastructure demands of the future.”

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O'Connor added, “This Topcon investment is not just aboutgrowing our business, it's about building the future. It's our hopethat this campus will serve as a platform for an expanded communityof high-tech organizations to join us in the region.”

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The initial phase of the technology center is expected to becompleted by the latter part of 2015, with theentire project finished within four years.

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Topcon Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, CA, USA.Its European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel, The Netherlands.Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures and distributesprecise positioning products and solutions forthe global surveying, construction, agriculture, civilengineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobilecontrol markets.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.