Lathrop Forest Products Owners
As a 6th generation Vermont woodsman, Jason has been working in the woods in one capacity or another since he was 8 years old. After graduating from Mt. Abraham UHS and the Hannaford Career Center, he attended Paul Smith's College. Upon graduation, he acquired a Forestry Technicians degree. Jason also holds Master Logger Certification. He enjoys his memberships in the American Society of Foresters, Northeastern Loggers Association, Vt Truck & Bus, and the Vermont Forest Products Association. Over the last 25 years he has continued his education via the LEAP Program participating in yearly training.
In 1994 Jason was hired by Claire Lathrop Band Mill Inc. as the Log Yard Manager and Head of Mill Maintenance. Jason worked for the mill for 12 years while at the same time starting his own logging company, with his brother, Lathrop Brothers Logging.
In 2006 a devastating fire at the mill forced his father Jim Lathrop to either close the mill or change the focus of the operations. Jason agreed to stay on and fold Lathrop Brothers Logging into the mill business and Lathrop Forest Products was born. Since 2006 Jason and brother Justin Lathrop have grown the logging division and took over operations from Jim Lathrop in 2014. Jason supervises all functions of the LFP operations.
As a 6th generation woodsman Justin has been working in the woods since he was 7 years old. He started out limbing trees on the landing or doing whatever work needed to be done. After graduation from Mt. Abraham UHS and the Hannaford Career Center, he went on to attend Haywood Community College in NC where he received certifications in Lumber Grading and Saw Shop Filing-Saw Maintenance. Justin worked as a Head Sawyer and Lumber Grader at Claire Lathrop Band Mill Inc. for 12 years while simultaneously developing Lathrop Brothers Logging with brother Jason Lathrop.
In 2006 after a mill fire devastated Claire Lathrop Band Mill Inc. operations, he agreed to fold the Lathrop Brothers Logging business into the mill operations. With this change came a new job. Justin happily headed out of the mill into the woods as the main Cutter/Feller Buncher Operator and Logging Supervisor. Justin serves in this capacity today and has grown the logging division to be the core of the Lathrop Forest Products. Justin receives continuing education on a yearly basis via the LEAP Program and maintains memberships in Northeastern Loggers Association, Vt Truck & Bus, as well as the Vermont Forest Products Association.