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The winner was Pete Tuftee, computer aided design technician and crew chief with Welch Hanson Associates of Delafield, Wisconsin. Tuftee was given the keys to the truck in an award ceremony at the company's North American headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, December 8, 2004. The award was presented by Hans Hess, chairman and CEO of Leica Geosystems, and Bob Williams, president of the Surveying and Engineering Division for the Americas.
Presentation of the sweepstakes award was the culmination of Leica Geosystems' North American road show to promote the introduction of the new System 1200 technology for high-precision surveying. The six-month tour visited over 104 locations in 41 states and provinces in the United States and Canada, with product demonstrations at special events hosted by Leica Geosystems' dealers and sales representatives. Qualified U.S. visitors participating in the demonstrations were eligible to enter the grand prize sweepstakes.
Welch Hanson Associates is a division of Yaggy Colby Associates. Founded in 1970, Yaggy Colby is a multi-discipline firm that provides services in the areas of municipal, building and site design, transportation and land development. Headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota, the company has over 150 employees in three states.
Leica Geosystems, with worldwide headquarters in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, develops, manufactures and markets systems for surveying, mapping and position determination. The company has a turnover of almost 700 million Swiss francs and is listed on the Swiss Exchange. Leica currently has 2,370 employees, with 600 located in the United States. It is structured in six divisions: Surveying and Engineering, GIS and Mapping, Metrology, Special Products, Consumer Products and New Businesses. Along with the Swiss facilities, the company also has development and production subsidiaries in America and Asia. Leica Geosystems has 20 wholly-owned sales subsidiaries worldwide and representation in more than 120 countries.
Source: Leica Geosystems, Jan. 13, 2005