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Friesens Corporation
TypePrivate (employee-owned)
FounderDavid W. Friesen
Area served
North America
Key people
Chad Friesen, president and chief executive officer
Curwin Friesen, chairman of the board
ProductsBooks, Yearbooks, Self-publishing, Consumer Packaging
RevenueCAD$96,000,000 (2019) Increase 10% from 2018
Number of employees
DivisionsFriesens Book Division, Friesens Yearbooks, Friesens Packaging, FriesenPress

Friesens Corporation is Canada's largest printer of hardcover books.[1] They are employee-owned, specializing in hardcover books and yearbooks, and located in Altona, Manitoba, Canada. Friesens also operates a self-publishing subsidiary named FriesenPress, launched in 2009.[2]


Friesens was founded by David W. Friesen in 1907 as a confectionery store. In 1933, the family purchased a printing press and began publication of the Red River Valley Echo. The company underwent rapid expansion in the 1960s and 1970s, becoming a regional printer of high school yearbooks.[3]

Current operations[edit]

Friesens is Canada's largest printer of hardcover books.[1] Furthermore, it has been rated as one of Canada's best 50 managed companies by Deloitte and Touche on several occasions.[4] In 2018, Friesens was number 60 of the top 400 printing companies in the United States and Canada.[5]

In 2000, Friesens printed the Canadian run of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, producing 400,000 copies of the book.[6]

In 2009, Friesens opened the self-publishing imprint FriesenPress in Victoria, which by 2013 published about 200 books per month.[2]



  1. ^ a b "The Economy". Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  2. ^ a b Vesely, Carolyn (2016-02-26). "As self-publishing thrives, it's easy -- but expensive -- to put 'author' on your resumé". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  3. ^ "Our Past". Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  4. ^ "2007 Requalified members". Archived from the original on 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  5. ^ "The Printing Impressions 400 (pdf)". Retrieved 2008-08-19.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Potter book flies off shelves". CBC News. 2000-07-12. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  7. ^ "Management Plus Awards Winners 2004". Archived from the original on 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  8. ^ "2004 Recipients". Archived from the original on 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2008-08-11.

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