Arc Thrift Stores recently announced that it will open a new store in Grand Junction in the spring of 2020.

The store will be located in the Eastgate Shopping Center at North Avenue and 28 ¼ Road. The thrift shop sells used items including toys, electronics, furniture, clothes and housewares. It also takes in donated items.

An announcement of when the store can begin taking donations is still to come. Once able to accept donations, people can drop off used items at the back door of the shop.

"To date, Arc Thrift Stores has provided more than $2 million for the Western Slope Arc chapters," Arc Thrift Stores President and CEO Lloyd Lewis said in a press release. "We look forward to partnering with other nonprofits — and to integrating into the community, and to being a resource and a place of employment for people with (intellectual and developmental disabilities) and others."

Arc Thrift Stores operates 30 stores and 17 donation sites in Colorado. A recent University of Denver study stated that the company has a $2.3 billion impact on the state's economy.

"Shopping and donating to Arc helps the environment by recycling and repurposing while also helping us achieve our mission of advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities," Lewis said.

■ Capco, a Grand Junction-based designer-developer-manufacturer of engineered mechanical and energetic devices, was recently honored with the Employer of Veterans Award from the American Legion, Department of Colorado.

Capco was nominated for the award by Bethany Hall, the regional veterans employment representative at the Mesa County Workforce Center. It received the award in June at the annual convention of the American Legion, Department of Colorado.

The Employer of Veterans Award honors companies that demonstrate a strong effort to hire veterans and recognizes companies where 10% of its workforce is made up of veterans.

"We are passionate about serving and supporting the men and women of our armed forces, and that commitment extends to furthering veterans' careers once they have transitioned from active duty to the private sector," Capco CEO Cordell Bennigson said in a press release. "We are honored to have such a strong presence of these great Americans within our company, and we are appreciative of the American Legion's recognition of the importance and value of this commitment."

Capco has a goal that 25% of its hires are veterans. Its human resources department also provides assistance to veterans who apply for positions at the company.

Executives also donate to the Mesa County Workforce Center's Job Fair Bootcamp, which provides an opportunity for veterans to seek help from human resources personnel.

"Our executives' commitment to furthering veterans' careers is something in which our company takes pride," Bennigson said. "We are passionate about building a workforce of veterans and this award underscores Capco's commitment to veterans. We are honored to work beside such selfless Americans every single day."

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