Applied Connective’s new headquarters has ‘wow factor’

After starting as a small company 15 years ago, Applied Connective Technologies reached another milestone recently by moving into a newly remodeled headquarters building in Albion.
Since late November, the company has been operating from the former Shopko at 2585 State Highway 14. The building was purchased last June, and remodeling started soon afterward.
One of the finishing touches, a new sign on the building front, was added just last week. An open house will likely be held in May of 2020.
Visitors to the new headquarters will find an industrial chic decor, featuring an open ceiling with exposed duct work, hanging lights, and a large open 9,000 square foot office area that emphasizes collaboration. Floors are a combination of polished concrete and industrial carpet tile.
Several of the executive offices feature roll-up windows. There is a large conference room near the front entry, and a commons area with kitchen for employees and clients.
First to catch the eye is the large entry area featuring the company’s three-dimensional metallic logo and etched glass side windows. The same decor is used throughout the office area.
The building’s rear (south) portion contains parking for 10 to 12 company vehicles, with racks for tools and equipment. Along the west side of the rear portion is a large storage area for inventory.
Applied Connective Technologies started in May of 2004 with Knott and Tom Krings as co-owners, serving the Boone County area primarily with IT and communications. Tom retired in 2015 and Ed took over sole ownership.
The company has grown gradually since then, and now has 24 total employees. This includes 20 in Albion and two in Columbus.
Ed said the company’s primary service area now extends to a 120-mile radius from Albion. They also serve customers as far west as Valentine, east into Iowa, and north into South Dakota.
Applied Connective currently has three main divisions. One is information technology (IT), which includes most anything related to computing technology, such as networking, hardware, software and the Internet. Another division is infrastructure and security, which includes security cameras and systems, cabling and wireless systems. A third division is telephone systems and related services.
The company has seen a large increase in demand for high-speed wireless Internet, which it also provides in the Albion and many other area communities.

Article published December 17, 2019, in Albion News Online.

Applied Connective staff donates to Boone County Health Center’s Look Good, Feel Better CancerCare program

ALBION, Nebraska (November 4, 2019) – Applied Connective staff got a jump start on the giving season this year with a donation to the Boone County Health Center’s CancerCare program.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Applied Connective held a company-wide fundraiser this October selling pink t-shirts depicting the breast cancer awareness message “proud to wear pink.” With costs of the t-shirts covered by Applied Connective Owner Ed Knott, 100% of the proceeds from staff purchases went into a pot to be donated to the CancerCare program. Staff decided to use half of the proceeds to purchase gas cards for local cancer patients who need to travel for treatment and the other half to be given as a cash donation to the CareCare program.

A portion of the funds was also used to purchase a mirror for the CancerCare program’s Look Good, Feel Better program at Boone County Health Center.

The Look Good, Feel Better program gives cancer patients free access to Professional Cosmetologist Sara Rasmussen, who offers makeup application tips and techniques to help with skin changes during cancer treatment. Rasmussen is an employee at Applied Connective and has been volunteering for Look Good, Feel Better since the program’s start in 2012.

“I’m proud of the work our staff does through volunteering and fundraising to help cancer patients at Boone County Health Cancer. Cancer is a tough diagnosis, and it’s important to support our local people any way we can,” said Knott.

The Look Good, Feel Better program also offers help with wig selection, fitting and care, as well as help with scarves and turbans through volunteer expert Sheila Leetch. Cancer patients also get tips to restore dry skin, nails and cuticles after treatment.

Look Good, Feel Better is free to all patients, and donations such as that of Applied Connective help keep the program strong.

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Aprill Murphy |402-395-3252 |foundation@boonecohealth.org

Applied Connective Technologies to move into former Shopko Hometown building

July 7, 2019 – Applied Connective Technologies, a local managed technology service provider headquartered in Albion, is celebrating its 15th year in business this month.

The company is also making plans to move into a larger building — the former Shopko Hometown building at 2585 State Highway 14.
Ed Knott, owner of Applied Connective Technologies, said the purchase of the building was effective June 7, and demolition of the interior has been underway for several weeks.

An extensive renovation of this building is planned. “The goal is to move into the new building by November, and definitely before the end of 2019,” Knott said.

Read the complete story in the July 10 Albion News print and e-editions.

Ed Knott at work.

Albion News: Applied Connective Technologies marks 13 years of business growth

Ed Knott at work.

Ed Knott, owner of Applied Connective Technologies

As the use of technology has grown in rural Nebraska, the work of Applied Connective Technologies has evolved. State-of-the-art technology is now required by a variety of businesses in rural Nebraska, and Ed Knott and his team of technical experts at Applied Connective are providing it.

Knott, a native of Taylor, NE, established Applied Connective with Tom Krings in 2004 as a two-person operation offering commercial phone systems and IT services to local businesses. The business started in Cedar Rapids, and soon moved to an office space on Third Street in Albion in 2006. The first additional employee was hired in 2008.

Since that time, the company has steadily grown and evolved into a full-service technology group with 17 employees and additional offices in Fullerton and Columbus. Due to necessity and demand, Applied Connective has built upon its initial offerings and now provides a wide range of technology solutions, including Internet, managed IT, phone systems, access control, surveillance and professional audio/video.

The company will soon have 19 total employees with the addition of two new technicians in late March.