D.W. Friesens founded as a confectionery store, telephone agent and postmaster
Purchased local book store
Purchased town printer
Launched bi-weekly Echo Newspaper
Expanded wholesale division
Incorporated as D.W. Friesen & Sons Inc.
Built new 16,500 sq. ft. plant. Purchased first offset press
Began employee profit sharing and post secondary scholarships for employees’ children
Started selling school yearbooks in Manitoba and Saskatchewan
Launched Business Machines division
Purchased ACME Box Company. Expanded main plant by 12,000 sq. ft.
Expanded school yearbook sales force
D.W. Friesens & Sons changes to Friesens
Printed first four colour book
Purchased four color presses
Started Graphic Arts course at Red River Community College
Friesens Fast Print and Packaging Division relocated. Started selling school graduation supplies.
Printed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
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’
Elected into the American National Association of Printing Leadership (NAPL) Hall of Fame
Built North America’s most advanced and eco-friendly 130,000 sq. ft. book manufacturing plant.
Friesens purchases think4D®, a revolutionary and patented three dimensional book cover and packaging technology.
Friesens purchases Canada Yearbook Services.
Friesens launches FriesenPress for self-publishers
Designed and printed America Idol: Back Story and Season 9 Highlights.
Designed and printed school yearbooks appearing on the television series, Glee.