Businessman Gregory James Aziz has breathed new life into the once-great railroad freight car production company National Steel Car. The Hamilton, Ontario, Canada based company was founded in 1912 and had developed a reputation for the highest quality designing, engineering and manufacturing of railroad freight cars. But the company had fallen on hard times until Gregory J Aziz, a native of London, Ontario, purchased the company in 1994. Aziz, now National Steel Car’s president, CEO and chairman, has revived both the company and the Hamilton community with his vision and generosity.
Greg Aziz earned a degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario. After graduating in 1971, he went to work with the wholesale food business his family owned called Affiliated Foods. For the next 16 years Gregory J Aziz helped Affiliated Foods to grow and expand. By the 1980s, the company had a client list that included large wholesale food markets all over Eastern Canada and throughout the U.S. Affiliated Foods was importing fresh food from South and Central America, Europe and other places around the world. Once he felt his family was financially secure, Greg Aziz began researching business opportunities of his own.
He set his sights on National Steel Car. After reaching out to sources of financing in New York, Greg Aziz was able to get the money he needed to purchase the company from Dofasco. He then focused on rebuilding National Steel Car and the community in which it is located. Gregory James Aziz began by increasing the company’s staff by 2,400 from just 600 to over 3,000. The company has also embraced the company’s legendary expertise in engineering and world-class production. By focusing on human and capital investment, team building and increased manufacturing capacity, National Steel Car has increased production from 3,500 to 12,000 cars per year. View More Information Here.
National Steel Car is once again among North America’s top railroad freight car manufacturing company. It’s the only one certified ISO 9001:2008. The company has received this certification 18 years in a row. Plus, since 1996, National Steel Car has received the award from TTX SECO for the highest quality freight cars. And the Hamilton community has benefitted as well. Gregory James Aziz gives generous donations to local food banks, the Salvation Army, the United Way, the Hamilton Opera, the Aquarius Theatre and many other organizations and causes in Hamilton.
Local people see Greg Aziz is a godsend.