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About Us

We are more than just a business, we are a group of employee-owners that work together to build each other up, to build a community, and to build relationships.

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Our History

Our story began in 1907, when D.W. Friesen started a small business in Altona, Manitoba, Canada.  The company has grown many businesses since then, all based on the philosophy of serving others, fine craftsmanship, and community building.

This story continues to be written today, 117 years later.


Our vision is to help others share their best story with the world through the power of print.

Our purpose is to help you tell the story of your product by applying innovation that brings your packaging to life.

Instilled with our founder’s belief that “We will be successful, if our customers are successful” and using the simple, tried-and-true equation of Caring People plus Latest Technology equals Great Print, we help companies share their brand story in new and unique ways.


We will achieve our vision by:

Focusing on what we do, how we do it, and why we do it

  • Help our customers share their best story with the world
  • Caring people + latest technology = great print
  • Serve others and improve lives as a company and within the community

Attaining the industry’s most efficient cost structure through:

  • Lean work practices
  • Minimal mistakes and rework
  • Fast turnaround
  • Productive, well-trained staff
  • State-of-the art plants and equipment

Establishing systems for managing people by:

  • Promoting employee-ownership
  • Investing in front-line leaders
  • Significant training and education which unlocks potential

We will be successful if our customers are successful.” – D.W. Friesen

Our Values

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These are the reasons we come
to work every day:

To Serve Others

Service to others and servant-leadership are ingrained in the local Mennonite culture and a fundamental value in our corporate culture.

To Build Products That Help Improve Lives

We have a chance to improve lives every day. Every single day we help authors realize their dreams, help publishers achieve their goals, help schools capture memories, help brands share their values, and help readers experience new knowledge.

To Compete and Win

We are competitive, we like to win, but we mostly compete against our own previous achievements. If we keep outdoing ourselves, our competitors don’t stand a chance!

To Grow and Prosper Together 

Inherent in our employee-ownership model is a common desire to grow and prosper together. Everyone at Friesens shares in the proceeds of the company. While we enjoy serving others, we do so in a way that creates value for both the customer and our employee-owners—it is a win/win strategy with a long-term focus.

To Create Opportunities for Employee-Owners and Our Families

The better the company performs, the more opportunities we create for each other.

As employee-owners tackle these new opportunities, their success opens new doors for their families.

To Build a Stronger Community

Our employee-owners are linked to the communities in which we live and work.  We invest our time and energy into supporting local initiatives and in turn, we help strengthen the fabric of our own community and beyond.

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