Nelnet, a Lincoln-based student finance company, will open a call center in the former Walmart building in Columbus. Hiring will start next month and will eventually reach about 100 people for its loan-servicing division.
The company considered more than 30 cities in Nebraska, before landing on this 12,000-square-foot call center, served by Loup Power District, a wholesale customer of NPPD.
“It was a pleasure to work with the Nelnet team during their site selection process,” said Rick Nelsen, NPPD Senior Economic Development Consultant. “Our team also provided support to Columbus and the other NPPD-served communities who responded to the initial RFI. Congratulations to Columbus for winning this project.”
Todd Duren, co-chair of the Columbus Economic Council and vice president of corporate services at Loup Power District, said the city is “extremely excited to begin this new partnership with the Nelnet call center.”
“This is a big win for Columbus and a testament to its workforce, high quality of life, and productive business climate — which are ingredients you’ll find throughout our state,” said Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Anthony L. Goins. “World-class companies like Nelnet don’t locate just anywhere; they expand where there is an abundance of opportunity and talent.”