National Steel Car had been among the top railroad freight car producers in the world for many decades before falling on hard time. When London, Ontario native Gregory James Aziz purchased the company in 1994, his goal was to return the company to its lofty place at the top of the industry. To do so, he drew on the company’s engineering and manufacturing excellence, hired 2,400 workers and renewed the Hamilton, Ontario company’s commitment to producing great railway freight cars. And with Greg Aziz serving as CEO, chairman and president, National Steel Car is once again a world leader.
Educated at Ridley College, Greg Aziz went on to graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in economics. He then spent 16 years helping his family build Affiliated Foods, a wholesale food company, into a major distributor of fresh food imported from Central and South America and Europe to wholesale markets in Eastern Canada and the United States. With his family’s business on solid footing, Greg Aziz became interested in building a business of his own. When he saw the opportunity to rebuild National Steel Car, he got the financing to purchase the company.
Since Aziz took over National Steel Car in 1994, the company has been on an upward trajectory. It’s now North America’s only railroad freight car company that is certified ISO 9001:2008. And it has now held that distinction for over 18 years. The company has also consistently received the highest quality award from TTX SECO every year beginning in 1996. The success of National Steel Car has once again brought prosperity to the Hamilton, Ontario community. The local businesses are booming, and Greg Aziz and his staff make generous donations to the social services organizations in the city. See Related Link for additional information.
To many people in Hamilton, Gregory J Aziz is a godsend. He has helped to create many jobs and the 106-year-old National Steel Car is once again a world leader in the design, engineering, development and production of railroad freight cars. The company has developed a reputation for meeting and exceeding their customers’ evolving standards and needs for railroad freight car manufacturing. National Steel Car also regularly holds fundraisers for the local food banks and people take great pride in their city. Greg Aziz makes a large donation to the city’s social and cultural institutions throughout the year.