Our History

Our History

Our History


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’

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

Designed and printed America Idol: Back Story and Season 9 Highlights.

Designed and printed school yearbooks appearing on the television series, Glee.

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