Chamber honors expansive efforts

The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce has honored nine businesses for expansions involving a total of nearly $50 million in investments and almost 400 jobs.

The businesses were honored during the chamber’s latest quarterly membership meeting.

EcoGen Laboratories was recognized for an expansion involving $25 million and 185 jobs. The Grand Junction-based company manufactures and supplies a range of hemp-derived ingredients for the beverage, food, cosmetics, wellness and pharmaceutical industries.

The Tru by Hilton Hotel was honored for the construction of an $11 million hotel on Colorado Avenue in downtown Grand Junction and the creation of 25 jobs. The hotel opened in July.

Family Health West was honored for an $8.5 million project adding a medical center to the Colorado Canyons Hospital in Fruita. The project also accounted for 123 jobs.

Capco was honored for purchasing and equipping a building on South 12th Street in Grand Junction for expanded operations for the defense contractor.

Capco invested more than $5 million in the building and manufacturing facilities and added 32 positions to build bomb fin assemblies under a $34.3 million contract.

Feather Petroleum was honored for building a new Stop ’n Save convenience store on Horizon Drive on Grand Junction at a cost of $2.3 million and adding three positions. Headquartered in Grand Junction, Feather Petroleum operates 16 Stop ’n Save locations in Colorado.

Grand Junction Fire FC was honored for investing $1.8 million in an indoor soccer facility and adding one position. The nonprofit organization serves more than 1,500 players.

Hummel Real Estate in Grand Junction was honored for investing $95,000 in an expansion and adding five positions. The firm plans to open a location in Palisade in January.

Clemmer Welding in Grand Junction was recognized for a $45,000 investment and adding three positions.

The Growl Agency in Grand Junction was honored for adding four positions to its staff.

In addition to the business expansions, the chamber acknowledged the City of Grand Junction and Downtown Development Authority for $7.3 million in renovations to the Grand Junction Convention Center. The renovations constituted the first phase of work at the center that also will include the construction of a hotel.