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Friesens Corporation
Employee owned
Industry Book, yearbook, and consumer packaging manufacturing
Genre Printing
Founded Altona, Manitoba, Canada
Founder David W. Friesen
Headquarters Altona, Manitoba, Canada
Area served
North America
Key people
Chad Friesen, president and chief operating officer
David G. Friesen, chairman of the board
Products Books, Yearbooks, History Books Consumer Packaging
Revenue CAD$70,000,000 (2015) Increase 10% from 2014
Number of employees
Divisions Friesens Book Division, Friesen Yearbooks, Friesens Packaging, FriesenPress, think4D

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, which expanded to become a bookstore. In 1933, he purchased a printing press and began publication of the Red River Valley Echo. The company underwent rapid expansion in the 1960s and '70s, becoming a regional printer of high school yearbooks.[3]

Current operations[edit]

Friesens is Canada's largest printer of hardcover books.[1] Furthermore, they have been rated as one of Canada's best 50 managed companies by Deloitte and Touche on several occasions.[4] In 2006, Friesens was number 81 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]


External links[edit]


  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". 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.