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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

This summer, the Government of Canada has passed legislation making September 30th the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Over a period of more than a century, 150,000 First Nations children endured unimaginable conditions in an environment designed to strip them of their cultural heritage in the Indian Residential School System. For many Canadians, this part […]

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Manitoba Book Awards

On Thursday, May 20, the Manitoba Book Awards announced the winners of the eleven awards “celebrating excellence in Manitoba writing, book design and illustration, publishing, and stories.” Due to current health orders, a press release and social media posts alerted us to the winners. It was sad not to be at an industry-wide event two […]

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Working with Inserts, Foldouts, and Gatefolds

By Ralph Hamm, Customer Service Manager Inserts have been a practical and efficient way for customers to include a smaller section or sections of photos in a book that is primarily text. We also see customers consolidate process images into an insert in titles where the pagination contains B&W images and text in order to […]

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Familiar Tools

Brad Schmidt

by Brad Schmidt, Colour Technical Support Specialist In the past few articles I have explored new software and its potential as an alternative to the more established programs. I have also looked at updates to our website and specifically the expansion of available ICC profiles on our website. I have already seen the fruits of […]

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Places We Sell

By Elizabeth Cleveland, Midwest Sales Representative Hello! As a continuation of this series in our newsletter, I’m thrilled to be writing from Minneapolis during a period in history we will look back on as “the one when we were (nearly) set free.” What a year! 2020 brought many challenges for sure, but also a few […]

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New Prepress Workflow

By Wally Thiessen, Prepress Manager The most exciting aspects about having the opportunity to work in prepress all these years is how we use technology and how our work continues to evolve. There is always another opportunity awaiting us around the corner! One of our goals in prepress this year is to build a plan […]

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How a Book is Made: The Glue That Binds

Years ago, Friesens used PUR (Polyurethane reactive glue) to bind their softcover books when requested. The result at the time was not significantly better than the regular hot melt glue we also used. It was costlier, so we went away from using it. Over time, suppliers improved PUR glue significantly making it a user-friendly and […]

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Friesens, Our History in Print

By David Friesen I spent my working career manufacturing books for authors and publishers. Never did I imagine that I would become an author myself. However, after I retired, Chad approached me about writing an updated corporate history of Friesens, and include some of my own thoughts and remembrances on the years I spent at […]

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Friesens Corporation – One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

We are proud to announce that Friesens Corporation was once again recognized as a “Platinum Member” of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada! This is our 18th year recognized by Deloitte Canada and is a high honor as it reflects Friesens strong leadership at every level of the company. The Platinum designation is reserved […]

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Friesens Partnership with YFC Altona

Friesens is pleased to announce a new partnership with YFC Altona in their efforts to build an expanded youth drop-in center and makerspace in the community. YFC Altona is a Non-profit organization focused on supporting youth by providing a safe and inspirational place to gather, create, and share. They are expanding their programs to be […]

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