Highland Historical Timeline

1973
Chemist Ken Scott (owner of a health food store and consultant to a national vitamin manufacturer) meets John Arbuthnot (fellow Scotsman and entrepreneur).  Discuss a business venture together.

1974
Highland Laboratories is incorporated in Portland, Oregon.

1979-1980
Highland Laboratories outgrows it’s Portland facility.  Purchase and reconstruction begins on a 35,000 square foot facility in quaint Mt. Angel, Oregon.
1980 Candy Scott becomes Sales Manager; expands sales territory nationally.

1990-1994
1993 Highland begins international sales, beginning with Japan and Russia.
Highland has challenges with the FDA; works with industry to influence congress; Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) passes in 1994.

1997
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is adopted.  Currently, Highland employees own 30% of the company’s stock.
97-98 Highland is awarded the Oregon Technology “Fast 50” Award two years in a row.

1999
Candy Scott becomes CEO. Ken semi-retires & becomes Chairman of the Board and Cosmetic Formula Advisor.

2000
Ken receives a Certificate of Higher Education in Cosmetic Science from the London College of Fashion.

2001
Ken receives a US Patent on his formula for “Transdermal Penetration”.

2003
Highland undergoes major upgrades of facilities and equipment, while keeping the charm of the 1940’s Creamery in place.

2004
NNFA (National Nutritional Foods Association) awards Highland GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) “A” Rating.

2006
Highland awarded “Best New Green Product” Finalist at Expo East.

2007
Highland upgrades existing plant management software with a state-the-art Enterprise Resource Planning software package.

2009
Analytical Lab expands with both new personnel and ELAN ICP-MS equipment.

2010
Highland transitions to in-house Digital Printing Press technology to improve efficiency and turnaround time.

2012
Highland begins offering EV charging for employees, and designates Eco-Parking area.  Current vehicles include several Prius Hybrids, a Plug-In Prius, a Chevrolet Volt and a Tesla Model S.

2013
Highland upgrades laboratory equipment again to include GCMS (Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry) equipment.