Columbus celebrated the expansion of Nelnet’s operations in the community with a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Housed next to Bomgaars, 3614 23rd St., in the former Walmart, the site will be a call center for the company’s student loan servicing business, Nelnet Diversified Services President Joe Popevis said.
“We have been in the student loan servicing business for 40 years, and that’s the focus of what we’re building here in Columbus – an office to help support that servicing business,” Popevis said. “We’re responsible for more than half a trillion dollars worth of loans we service on behalf of over 15 million American consumers.”
Additionally, Nelnet provides technology and operational support and answers phones for businesses and government entities.
A Nebraska-based company, Nelnet has 7,000 associates across the country with headquarters in Lincoln. ALLO Communications, which is a Nelnet entity, provides internet, TV and phone services. ALLO announced earlier this month that it will expand to Columbus this fall.
In the next three to four months, Popevis said, the company will be looking to have 125 people hired for its Columbus location, with around 20 positions filled so far.
“Nelnet’s expansion in the Columbus community is just another sign that Nebraska is in a great position to grow,” said Nicole Sedlacek, Nebraska Public Power District Economic Development Manager.