Ed Knott at work.

Grand Island Independent: Albion entrepreneur brings cutting-edge technology to rural areas

Small-town Nebraska native Ed Knott co-founded Applied Connective in Albion in 2004 as a two-person operation offering commercial phone systems and IT services to local businesses. The company has flourished into a full-service technology group with 19 employees and additional locations in Fullerton and Columbus.

Applied Connective now provides virtually all of the technological necessities required for business function, including Internet, managed IT services, phone systems, access control, surveillance and professional audio/video.

The company has experienced a surge of growth in recent years, and though it serves a wide range of clients in various industries throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota, it remains devoted to focusing on smaller markets outside of the Omaha and Lincoln areas.

“Larger service providers often disregard and overlook Nebraska businesses and establishments to zero in on more heavily populated areas,” said Knott. “But businesses striving to remain competitive in smaller cities have the same needs as businesses in larger cities.

“We’re excited to get more involved with communities that are thriving but underserved and introduce them to technologies that will benefit their businesses and allow them to operate more efficiently. “