1907 D.W. Friesens founded as a confectionery store, telephone agent and postmaster
1923 Purchased local book store
1933 First letterpress
1935 Second press
1936 Purchased town printer
1941 Launched bi-weekly Echo Newspaper
1946 Expanded wholesale division
1950 Incorporated as D.W. Friesen & Sons Inc.
1959 Built new 16,500 sq. ft. plant. Purchased first offset press
1960 Began employee profit sharing and post secondary scholarships for employees’ children
1965 Started selling school yearbooks in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
1970 Launched Business Machines division
1971 Purchased ACME Box Company. Expanded main plant by 12,000 sq. ft.
1973 Expanded school yearbook sales force
1976 D.W. Friesens & Sons changes to Friesens
1978 Printed first four colour book
1987 Purchased four color presses
1990 Started Graphic Arts course at Red River Community College
1999 Friesens Fast Print and Packaging Division relocated. Started selling school graduation supplies.
2002 Printed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
2004 Friesens landmark printing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on 100% post consumer waste led to author, J.K. Rowling insisting all future Harry Potter books, worldwide, be printed ‘tree-free’
2004 Elected into the American National Association of Printing Leadership (NAPL) Hall of Fame
2008 Built North America’s most advanced and eco-friendly 130,000 sq. ft. book manufacturing plant.
2009 Friesens purchases think4D®, a revolutionary and patented three dimensional book cover and packaging technology. Friesens purchases Canada Yearbook Services.
2010 Friesens launches FriesenPress for self-publishers
2010 Designed and printed America Idol: Back Story and Season 9 Highlights. Designed and printed school yearbooks appearing on the television series, Glee.