Colleen Goodridge, the matriarch of Vermont’s forest industry

While an aging industry struggles with succession, Colleen Goodridge cultivates the next generation through education, relationships.

Every industry needs a matriarch, and Vermont’s forest products industry has Colleen Goodridge.

Goodridge Lumber, owned and operated by Colleen and her sons, began in 1973 when the family decided to build a log home. They bought an old saw for $500, borrowed a tractor from the farmer next door, and started pulling trees out of the woods. As they sold logs to pay for repair parts on the saw, and eventually their own tractor, they realized they had a business opportunity.