About | Our History

2017

Celebrated 110 years in business with a corporate and community celebration.


2016

Printed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


2015

Friesens installs the an 8-colour, format 8, R900 HiPrint XXL perfecting press from Manroland that provides for an imposition of up to 64 pages, printed both sides, in one pass.

Successfully completed a shift in the employee-ownership model.


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.


2009

Friesens purchases think4D®, a revolutionary and patented three dimensional book cover and packaging technology.

Friesens purchases Canada Yearbook Services.


2008

Built North America’s most advanced and eco-friendly 130,000 sq. ft. book manufacturing plant.


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.


2002

Printed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.


1999

Friesens Fast Print and Packaging Division relocated. Started selling school graduation supplies.


1990

Started Graphic Arts course at Red River Community College.


1987

Purchased four colour presses.


1978

Printed first four colour book


1976

D.W. Friesens & Sons changes to Friesens


1973

Expanded school yearbook sales force


1971

Purchased ACME Box Company. Expanded main plant by 12,000 sq. ft.


1970

Launched Business Machines division


1965

Started selling school yearbooks in Manitoba and Saskatchewan


1960

Began employee profit sharing and post secondary scholarships for employees’ children


1959

Built new 16,500 sq. ft. plant. Purchased first offset press


1950

Incorporated as D.W. Friesen & Sons Inc.


1946

Expanded wholesale division


1941

Launched bi-weekly Echo Newspaper


1936

Purchased town printer


1935

Second press


1933

First letterpress


1923

Purchased local book store


1907

D.W. Friesens founded as a confectionery store, telephone agent and postmaster