9Wood's mission is "To improve the economic welfare and quality of life of all stakeholders." The environment is a stakeholder and we are committed to continuous improvement of sustainability practices. 9Wood uses The Natural Step (TNS) as a framework for monitoring and improving processes from the office to the factory floor. The TNS team is cross-departmental, meets monthly, and also works with other local businesses to learn and share ideas. The TNS also coordinates community-service projects such as Earth Day cleanup. 9Wood is honored to be the first company in Springfield to receive the BRING Recycling award. The starting point for 9Wood's antecedents, however, really begins with the installation of the first suspended wood ceiling. The operative word here is "suspended." This marks the start of attaching wood ceilings to suspended T-Bar grid for commercial application. Using T-Bar to suspend wood ceilings brought all the advantages of suspended ceilings (low cost, ease of installing mechanical, electrical, & plumbing assemblies, and accessibility).