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COLUMBUS – Applied Connective Technologies recently joined the Columbus Nebraska Area Chamber of Commerce as one of its new members.

This small-town technology group was established in May 2004 and is located in Albion. It offers technology, communication, security and infrastructure services.

The company has since expanded and has upward of 20 staff members.

“In the last three years, we’ve had some explosive growth,” said Ed Knott, president of Applied Connective Technologies.

Because of its widespread services, the company works with different types of businesses and industries such as agriculture, finance and healthcare. Although most of its clientele are from Nebraska, the group also has clients from Sioux City, Iowa, South Dakota and Western Iowa.

The business has been active in Columbus for several years, Knott said.

They currently have an office in Columbus at 3309 31st St., but plan to expand by moving to a bigger office space and recruiting more local staff.

 Knott said he hopes to further instill that presence by joining the local chamber.

“We feel like there’s a need in Columbus specifically for a business such as ours,” Knott said.

Knott noticed that there are not many technology service providers readily available in small towns, therefore, he hopes that the company can be the main service provider for these types of areas.

Most service providers are commonly located in bigger cities such as Lincoln and Omaha, he said. Because Albion and Columbus are centrally located between a variety of small towns, Knott feels that it gives his company an advantage when going head-to-head with other competition.

The location allows staff to respond to requests and jobs more quickly and efficiently while saving travel cost, Knott said.

“We hope to achieve relationships with businesses in Columbus,” Knott said. “Long-term relationships are fruitful for us and for their customers and we hope to employ people from the Columbus area.”

In the future, Knott hopes to expand the business to towns outside of the Lincoln and Omaha area like Norfolk, Grand Island and Kearney.

“We are excited to be a larger part of Columbus,” Knott said. “We are excited for the future.”

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