Équipe | Témoignages

Suzanne Vandenberg, Calgary Mountain Publishing

The Treasure

Les livres sont arrivés en bon état et sont magnifiques. Ils sont bien reçus et les gens me demandent qui est mon imprimeur. Je leur réponds que Friesens est une entreprise exceptionnelle et que c’était un plaisir de travailler avec vous tous.

Merci pour tout!


Lisa et Leslie Jones, Grant Morris Associates Ltd

Barbados Anniversary

Nous voulons simplement remercier Friesens de ses efforts en vue d’accommoder Grant Morris et l’équipe de rédaction responsable de la production du livre. L’équipe de rédaction a consacré énormément de temps et d’énergie à ce projet et, en tant que graphistes du projet, nous en sommes les témoins directs. Obtenir ces livres à temps pour le lancement était pour nous de la plus haute importance.

Votre entreprise nous avait déjà été fortement recommandée et comme nous participions aussi au processus de comparaison des imprimantes et des tarifs proposés, dès le premier entretien de Lisa avec vous, elle a pressenti que Friesens était l’entreprise qu’il nous fallait. Merci encore à votre équipe!
Nous voulons simplement remercier Friesens de ses efforts en vue d’accommoder Grant Morris et l’équipe de rédaction responsable de la production du livre. L’équipe de rédaction a consacré énormément de temps et d’énergie à ce projet et, en tant que graphistes du projet, nous en sommes les témoins directs.


Terry et Angelo Corrao, Colfax Press

Fatherdaughter


Merci infiniment à Friesens d’avoir fait de notre album de photos FATHER DAUGHTER une première expérience d’impression inoubliable. Nous avons été impressionnés par tant d’aspects que nous avons dû les énumérer :

  • l’excellente communication du début à la fin;
  • le respect de l’échéancier;
  • une équipe d’impression très talentueuse et compétente;
  • une usine extrêmement propre et respectueuse de l’environnement;
  • une grande attention aux clients, notamment en prévoyant tous leurs besoins, tant techniques
  • qu’artistiques;
  • un hébergement agréable offrant le confort d’un foyer.

Lila Strand, Luminescence Publishing

The Star Children

Je tiens à exprimer ma gratitude envers votre entreprise et les gens merveilleux qui offrent un service aussi fantastique. Merci de votre service à la clientèle exceptionnel : votre patience, votre courtoisie et votre serviabilité, sans oublier vos merveilleuses compétences techniques! Je vous remercie infiniment de votre volonté de redoubler d’efforts jusqu’à ce que tout soit parfait! En fait, je suis ravie du livre, de son apparence et de sa texture. Je ne pense pas que je pourrais en être plus heureuse. Je vous remercie tous du fond du cœur!


Milenda Lee, Columbia University Press

Man of Peace

Je viens d’avoir des nouvelles des personnes ayant reçu les exemplaires de prépublication. Steve Buccellato dit : « Noël est arrivé plus tôt que prévu, je viens de recevoir un exemplaire de Man of Peace! Je le trouve magnifique. » Une autre personne a dit : « Je pleurais littéralement de joie lorsque j’ai tenu le livre entre mes mains. »

Merci beaucoup, ce fut un plaisir pour nous aussi. Vous avez fait le bonheur de plusieurs personnes aujourd’hui.


Linda Hensellek, Winchester Galleries Ltd.

Abstracta Delecta


Nous venons de recevoir nos catalogues, merci beaucoup! Le catalogue est superbe! Encore une fois, nous vous remercions de votre aide et de votre attention. C’est un bonheur de travailler avec vous tous.


Elisa Gutierrez, Tradewind Books Ltd

Riddlemaster

Nous voulions vous faire savoir que nous sommes très satisfaits de la qualité du livre! Les couleurs, la garde (nous ADORONS le papier utilisé et la brillance des couleurs imprimées!), la finition, etc. Veuillez féliciter et remercier l’équipe de Friesens en notre nom pour ses efforts et son bon travail! Merci. Nous sommes impatients de collaborer de nouveau à d’autres projets.


Dan Johnson, High-Fishtrap-Rush Lake Association

Heaven on the Headwaters


Je voulais simplement vous dire que nous sommes ravis du produit final. Jusqu’à présent, pour ce qui est de la distribution limitée aux membres de l’Association, nous n’avons eu que des commentaires élogieux sur le contenu et la qualité du produit. Mon épouse, Jeffrey et moi-même recommandons Friesens sans hésitation à tout client éventuel. Nous avons tous beaucoup appris et si c’était à refaire, le processus serait beaucoup plus facile de notre côté. Scott était un excellent représentant à la clientèle, et il a été très serviable et réceptif.


Ben Bosah, Ben Boash Books

The Art of Nigerian Women


Je tiens à remercier chaleureusement la famille Friesens pour le travail qu’elle a fait pour mon dernier livre. Je suis très reconnaissant et je remercie les 500 employés de votre entreprise. Je suis amoureux de mon dernier bébé. J’ai le sourire aux lèvres. Merci à Glenda, à Paul, à Brad, à Scott, à Ralph et à tout le personnel chez Friesens. Je vous aime.

March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Greetings from Manitoba.

In this extremely challenging environment, we are going to try and send an update once a week to let you know what’s happening at the Plant and here in Manitoba.

It’s a difficult line to walk between filling your inbox and not sending enough information, but unless things change, we think once a week at the end of the week is enough.

Manitoba continues to have a low rate of infection, 35 cases and testing is ongoing with over 5500 people tested.

Right now, all at the plants is operating and functioning normally. The Border remains open and we are not experiencing any issues there.

We have staff working from home and the very structure of the plant allows for a fair amount of social distancing.

Many customers are taking us up on our offer to store books and we still have space to do that, if you have a need for that contact your Account Manager or CSR.

During this period when talking to customers we hear a lot of background noise, dogs, cats, kids and spouses. That is the reality of working from home and in many ways, it is a pleasant reminder of what’s important at times like these.

In the meantime, many of us are learning new skills and doing different tasks, for all of us who struggle with Social media perhaps none have done it with the grace of Tim at the Oklahoma Cowboy Museum.

https://www.cnn.com/…/cowboy-museum-oklahoma-sec…/index.html

We see companies like Dyson switching from Vacuums to Ventilators in an incredible fast turn, in Manitoba we have seen the Farmery Estate Brewer adding the ability to produce hand sanitizer in addition to beer. They are actually canning it.

We also send our sincere thanks to all the Retail workers, Truck drivers, EMT’s , Nurses and Doctors. They are on the front lines and their work is non-stop.

That’s it for today, from our families at Friesens to yours stay safe and healthy.

Thanks,
Doug Symington
General Sales Manager

COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Customers,

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We are following the latest guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Center for Disease Control (USA), the World Health Organization, and local public health officials.

Our primary objective is the health and well-being of our employees, our customers, and our community. Our secondary objective is to maintain all business operations, as is reasonably possible. We are calm and taking reasonable steps to achieve these two objectives. At this time, Friesens operations and production lines are running at full capacity.

This is a challenging season for all of us, we value our relationship and as we move forward through this tumultuous time we want to do so in an open and safe manner. As this situation is evolving quickly, we encourage you to be in regular communication with your sales and service representatives from Friesens.

Thank you for your business and your care.

HP 50000, cutting edge in digital printing

In October of 2019, the first of two HP Indigo 50000 presses were installed at our Printers Way plant. This is the beginning of our transition out of our existing digital printing technology, the HP Indigo 7200 presses, which have served us well for 8 years. We have traded in both HP Indigo 7200 presses with the first one scheduled for removal in the second quarter of 2020 after the new HP 50000 is in full production.
While the printing technology of the HP 50000 is based on the same principles as the HP 7200 series presses there are several technological advancements.
One of the most noticeable differences is the size, the HP 7200 prints on a 13” wide roll whereas the HP 50000 prints on a 30” wide roll. This will more than double the productivity of the HP 50000 compared to HP 7200.
This tied together with a significantly improved paper priming system, inline spectral colour control that not only monitors print quality but also adjusts for consistency as it prints as well as systems to monitor press parts performance that can notify the operators of upcoming service requirements before they affect print quality will be welcome improvements over our existing presses.
             We have purchased a Muller Martini digital finishing system to complement our existing Meccanotecnica finishing system to convert rolls to sewn book blocks.
            The HP Indigo 50000 together with the Muller Martini and Meccanotecnica provides us with the most technologically advanced and automated high-quality colour book printing and binding solutions available. This combination is the catalyst that will begin the transition of short-run publisher books from sheetfed offset to digital offset for a more efficient workflow high-quality digital book manufacturing solution.

Proofing

Your pages are finished and ready to submit for printing…but wait! There is one more step before you press the approve button. PROOFREADING! Proofing is a vital step in making sure your yearbook is the best it can be. While it is so essential to the quality of a great book, it is one of the more tedious tasks. Proofing your yearbook can fall into two categories, the design and copy. 

When you are proofing the design and layout, look for the following:

  • Does everything fit nicely on the page?
  • Is anything being cut off or getting lost in the gutter?
  • Are the pages in order? Check the page numbers.
  • Is your style sheet being followed? Correct fonts used and are they the proper size and colour?  
  • Is the spacing between elements on the page consistent? Are columns being followed?
  • Check the quality of the images? Blurry, too dark, too light, cropped properly? 

When you are proofing the copy, look for the following:

  • Articles can be edited before they are inserted into the layout.
  • Are names spelled correctly?
  • Are the days, dates, and times of events correct?
  • Proofread all the copy on the page. Headlines, quotes, articles, names, etc. 

Here are some tips to make the process a little easier. 

  • Print out the pages. You have been creating the pages on a screen, a printed proof gives you a new perspective to find errors.
  • Concentrate on the task at hand. Get rid of distractions and potential interruptions. 
  • Read the copy out loud. When you read the copy out loud you are more likely to hear errors in the style and grammar. Try reading it backwards, sometimes we become blind to our own mistakes since our brain automatically “corrects” wrong words inside sentences.
  • Watch out for elementary school grammar mistakes that spell check won’t catch. Homonyms, words that share the same spelling or pronunciation but have different meanings, accept and except or complement and compliment. Contractions and apostrophes, their and they’re, its and it’s, or your and you’re. Punctuation, capitalized words, missing or extra commas, and periods. 
  • Don’t leave it to the last minute. Give yourself time to proof, revise and proof again. 
  • Get someone else to proofread. What one person misses the other is likely to catch.  It’s a good idea to ask someone outside the yearbook group to help. They are removed from the project and in a better position to evaluate the copy. You will be amazed at the mistakes you have missed. 

Make it a game with your crew, if anyone can spot an error they get a prize!

Motivation

The road to a finished yearbook is long and exhausting. At this time of year staff morale may be at an all time low and your progress may begin to stall. Now is the time for some motivation to push though. 

People are motivated by different things. Consider some of the following encouragement that are both serious and entertaining to help your staff perform at their optimum level. 

  • Show your progress. Look back and see how far you have come. Take a moment to celebrate all you have accomplished so far. Use a crossed off page ladder or create infographics to help illustrate your point.
  • Take a break and plan an activity that has nothing to do with the yearbook. Watch a movie, plan a theme party, play board games or go out to eat. The idea is to get your staff together outside their normal environment. 
  • Plan a team building activity or games. These are great at enforcing the idea that you need to work as a team to complete the yearbook. 
  • Food is a great motivator. Take 15 minutes and enjoy donuts, cookies, cupcakes, pizza, ice cream bars, etc. 
  • Recognition. Single out students and praise their accomplishments. Have an award that can be passed around when someone does something great. 
  • Think of this as halftime and you are the coach. Give a rousing speech to light a fire under your team. If motivational speaking is not your thing, have your staff watch one from your favourite sports movie. 
  • Review old goals and create new ones. Figure out what you have left to do and create a timeline on when it will be completed. Now is the time to jump back in. 
  • Make it a game with incentives. Provide small rewards (coffee gift cards) when tasks are accomplished. 
  • Be positive about your progress. You set the tone and your team will follow your lead. 

Final motivational thought. “The key to success is to focus on goals, not obstacles.”