History

Scotland Manufacturing, located in Laurinburg, North Carolina, was founded in 1979 as a supplier to the filter industry. Named for Scotland County located in Southeastern North Carolina, the company is ideally situated between Charlotte, the state's largest city and Wilmington, the state's largest port.

Since its beginning, the company has expanded to meet the needs of the changing marketplace. While the majority of the growth has been in the filter industry, the company has added capability to produce high-speed flat stampings using progressive dies. From an $8-million business in 2001, Scotland Manufacturing has grown to a $20-million business in 2009.

Scotland Manufacturing is part of The Reserve Group (TRG), a family-owned private equity group based in Akron, Ohio. TRG's philosophy is to provide strategic business support and investment capital, allowing its portfolio of companies to remain competitive in the marketplace. Scotland Manufacturing is the oldest member company in the TRG portfolio. More information on TRG.

How Scotland got its name

Curious about how Scotland Manufacturing got its name? The company is located in Laurinburg, North Carolina and named after the county in which it resides – Scotland County. Situated in southeastern North Carolina, Scotland County is adjacent to the South Carolina line. It is halfway between Charlotte, the state’s largest city, and Wilmington, the state’s largest port. Scotland County has a population of 37,000, with approximately 17,000 residents in Laurinburg. The county is proud of its Scottish heritage and strong industrial base, and has the largest concentration of Highland Scots in North America. Every fall, the county hosts a Highland Games festival, a celebration of Scottish and Celtic cultures.

The Lumbee Indians

At Scotland Manufacturing, approximately 25 percent of the workforce is comprised of Lumbee Indians, who can trace their history to the mid-1800s. The present-day Lumbee Indians are said to be descendents from the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Here is some of the historical legend that our employees believe in.

The first recorded reference as to the origins of the present-day Lumbee population was made in a petition by 36 white Robeson County residents in 1840, in which they described ancestors of the Lumbee as being a "free-colored" population that migrated originally from the districts around the Roanoke and Neuse Rivers.

In 1885, Hamilton McMillan proposed the theory that the Lumbee were the descendants of England's "Lost Colony" who intermarried with the Hatteras, an Algonquian people. The Roanoke colony disappeared during a difficult winter, leaving behind the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree. When other Englishmen found it there, they recognized "Croatoan" as the homeland of some friendly Indians. They thought the Roanoke colony went to the Croatans for help, but weather prevented them from seeking survivors. After that, English historians never mention the colony again, and it was believed to have been destroyed by starvation.

The Lost Colony legend implied that the entire Lumbee population grew out of intermarriage among survivors of the 121 stranded colonists and the Hatteras (Croatan) Indians. But mobility among tribes, combined with other phenomena such as the slave trade in Indians, and the fact that the present site of the Lumbee settlement was until the mid-nineteenth century largely inaccessible swamplands, suggest it might have been a destination for other Indians who chose to live apart from more structured society, whom anthropologists called tri-racial isolates.

Lumbee-claimed surnames from the 1790 North Carolina Census Index include Bennett, Berry, Brooks, Cooper, Cumbo, Dial, Hunt, Locklileer, Lowery, Martin, Oxendine, Sampson, and White.