Who We Are


The primary business of OVAL International® is to design, manufacture, and market packaging systems and processing equipment to pulp mills that prepare pulp bales for storage and/or shipment. Based in Canada, OVAL International® has operated world wide and enjoyed a longstanding reputation.

  • 1934 - Gerrard Company Limited is incorporated in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to supply steel wire strapping and equipment by its founder Alec Gerrard. The company began supplying steel wire strapping and equipment to the pulp and paper industry.
  • 1950 - Ovalstrapping Limited incorporated in Canada.
  • 1952 - Ovalstrapping Incorporated established in the United States, operating as a division of Enterprises International Incorporated (EII) located in Hoquiam, Washington.
  • 1972 - Gerrard-Ovalstrapping is formed when Gerrard Company Limited and Ovalstrapping Limited amalgamate. The company diversifies its packaging product line by acquiring industrial products and plastic strapping companies.
  • 2007 - OVAL International® is formed when the companies unify as one widely recognized name. It retains the values, determination, and innovation of the past.


We serve the maintenance outsourcing needs of the pulp and paper industry. We are committed to consistently meet or exceed our customers expectations and to improve the reliability and efficiency of our customers' processes and improve the cost-effectiveness of their operations.

We specialize in pulp industry processes, machinery, equipment, and aftermarket services. The company's offering extends over the entire life cycle of the process, covering new lines, rebuilds, and various services.


Our objective is to consistently meet or exceed our customer’s expectations. We expect to do this with every customer order we process. OVAL and its employees are committed to continuous improvement.


We honor, celebrate, and protect our integrity with customers, employees, vendors, and the community.


  • Invention and design of unitizing methods using round wire and accepted as the standard for handling of market pulp throughout the world
  • Developed and patented "Ovalized" wire for superior wire management and joint values
  • Paper strap machine
  • Created first fully automated pulp bale wire tying system
  • Equipment installed and supported in all regions of the world where there is production of market pulp
  • North American locations in Hoquiam WA, Fredericton NB, Burlington ON, Surrey BC and Fort Payne AL
  • Truly integrated international company with representatives in Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Asia

Our heritage ties us to various names in the past including Gerrard Company Ltd., Ovalstrapping, and Gerrard-Ovalstrapping. We are now unified under one widely recognized name, OVAL International® and still retain all of the values and determination of the past.

OVAL International® operates primarily from locations across North America and provides sales and service anywhere in the world. We are truly integrated international company with representatives in Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and Asia.

Locations Primary Operations
Burlington, Ontario Administration, Accounting, Sales, Service, Purchasing, Warehouse/Inventory
Fredericton, New Brunswick Service, Machine Assembly, Engineering, Warehouse/Inventory
Delta, B.C. Sales, Service, Warehouse/Inventory
Fort Payne, Alabama Sales, Service, Warehouse/Inventory
Hoquiam, Washington Administration, Accounting, Engineering, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Machine Assembly, Warehouse/Inventory