For more than 100 years, National Steel Car has been one of the top three manufacturers of rolling stock in Canada. If you’re wondering what rolling stock is, that’s the industry term for train cars.
The company was founded in 1912 by one of Canada’s most distinguished figures — Sir John Morison Gibson, a polymath who was a lawyer, musician, politician, soldier and former Lt. Governor of Ontario.
Only one other man associated with the venerable National Steel Company can be said to be on par with the great Sir John Gibson. That man is the current CEO of National Steel Car, Gregory James Aziz.
Greg Aziz organized a buyout of the Canadian train car maker in 1994. Under the direction of Mr. Aziz, the company was transformed into something far more spectacular than it was before and in a remarkably short period of time.
Consider than when James Aziz bought the company, National Steel Car was rolling out about 3,500 train cars per year. Just five years later, it was producing an astounding 12,000 car. The company went from 600 employees to more than 3,000 in the same time period.
And that’s only a fraction of the story. Under the helm of James Aziz (as he is sometimes called), National Steel Car became the only ISO 9001:2008 certified engineering operation in Canada. It has maintained that lofty status for 18 years. Today the National Steel Car reputation for innovation and producing safe, modern and high-tech rolling stock is unequaled across North America.
Greg J. Aziz didn’t start out in the engineering and heavy equipment business. Born in London, Ontario, in 1949, he studied economics at the University of Western Ontario. After university he joined his family wholesale food business, Affiliated Foods. At the time, Affiliated Foods was a small, local family-run operation. Greg Aziz transformed the business in a national-wide company with international reach.
After a stint working in the rough-and-tumble banking industry in New York, Mr. Aziz leveraged his enhanced knowledge of finance to purchase National Steel Car in 1994 from Dofasco. The rest, as they say, is history.
Greg Aziz makes his home in Hamilton, Ontario, where he takes great pride in being an active member of the community. He puts great energy into philanthropic projects and charitable efforts that make Hamilton a better place to live for all citizens.
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