Apple Valley Dental office to be built along North Division

Yakima, Wash.-based Apple Valley Dental & Braces plans to erect a new medical office building at 2121 N. Division, which is slated to be its third Spokane-area location, says Jolene Babka, operations officer with the company.Zach Bull, project manager with Baker Construction & Development Inc., of Spokane, says the project cost is about $1.7 million, and the building will have about 7,000 square feet of space.

The dental office will be the building’s only tenant, says Bull. The new structure will be built on currently vacant land, and the exterior will include a parking lot and landscaping.

Construction is expected to start in April and to be completed in November, he says.

Babka says the facility will be the eighth office for Apple Valley Dental. The practice’s two current Spokane-area offices are located at 2929 N. Market, in northeast Spokane, and at 14319 E. Sprague, in Spokane Valley.

Established in 2003, Apple Valley Dental & Braces provides dental services, braces, and oral surgery, she says. The company employs between 200 and 225 people.

Babka says the practice is opening a third Spokane-area office because it has been well received here.

“We’re just excited to continue offering services in the Spokane area,” she says.

Spokane County

Tainio Biologicals, Inc., a family-owned company pioneering the development of sustainable, biological agriculture and farm products, recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for their new Spokane County headquarters. “Having been at the same location for over 30 years, we are very excited about our new facility”, said Athena (Teena) Tainio, President , Tainio Biologicals, Inc.  “This larger space will allow us to continue to grow and thrive.” At 13,650 square feet, the single level, wood framed building will consist of offices, laboratories, warehousing, and research and production facilities.  The project is planned for completion in December of 2016.  Tainio plans to bring on additional employees once the facility is complete. Baker Construction & Development, Inc. is the general contractor on the project. “Our company is proud to bring this project to life,” said Barry Baker, President, Baker Construction & Development, Inc.  “Tainio Biologicals’ new corporate facility will allow them to continue to innovate, and grow their company and their products worldwide.” As part of Greater Spokane Incorporated’s Economic Development Expansion Program, GSI assisted Tainio in gaining approval for a pilot economic development program through the Department of Revenue. The pilot program requires two projects to be from Eastern Washington.  Should Tainio decide to use the program, it allows for a five year tax deferral on the sales and use tax on the construction of a manufacturing facility. Companies using the pilot program are permitted to invest their business taxes into workforce-training programs that support manufacturing businesses in the state.  This program was passed by the 2015 Washington State Legislature under the leadership of Senator Sharon Brown of Kennewick, as part of her Invest in Washington Jobs Act. “We appreciate Tainio Biologicals’ long term engagement with our GSI team,” said Todd Mielke, CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated.  “Their work in research and development of these sustainable products is resulting in healthier foods for the worldwide consumer.” GSI’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) also assisted Tainio in obtaining their woman-owned business certification, and GSI staff worked with Tainio on the Washington State Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment program. In addition to sales throughout the United States, Tainio products are also distributed in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Central America. Tainio is a member of Greater Spokane Incorporated.