History

1920 – Sokkisha Co., Ltd. begins manufacturing transits in a small shop in Tokyo.

1940s – Lietz Company ceases manufacturing and begins to market Sokkisha instruments.

1970s – Lietz Company becomes an exclusive distributor of Sokkisha products in the U.S.

1980 – Sokkisha acquires Lietz and establishes divisions in Australia and Europe. Lietz distribution center moves to Overland Park, KS.

1990 – Sokkisha celebrates 70th anniversary and changes its name to SOKKIA.

1999 – SOKKIA Co., Ltd. (Tokyo) enters into a joint venture with NovAtel, Inc. (Calgary) to create POINT, Inc. for the purpose of developing and marketing advanced GPS products.

2000 – SOKKIA Corporation and POINT, Inc. move the North American headquarters to Olathe, Kan.

2009 – Topcon Corporation and Sokkia Co., Ltd. combine to create the world’s leading supplier of surveying instruments