National Steel Car is the biggest manufacturer of railway vehicles in North America. The company is based in Hamilton, Ontario. Founded in 1912, it is currently headed by Gregory James Aziz. In the beginning, the company exceeded the expectations of the investors that started it, but during the great depression in the 1930’s the company fell behind. It just lacked diversity compared to competing companies, and there were no orders coming. During World War 2, National Steel Car renewed its business and orders. In 1990 Dofasco, a group that owned the business, sold the declining company to National Industries Inc., owned by Greg James Aziz. In his hands, the company increased its workforce 6 times and its production capacity 4 times. National Steel Car is one of the few train car manufacturers and rolling stock companies left in Canada.
The CEO of National Steel Car, Greg Aziz, was born in London, Ontario on April 30, 1949. He graduated from Ridley College and completed his major in Economics at the University of West Ontario. His family was the owner of Affiliated Foods, a wholesale foods business. When he joined the company, it grew into a worldwide importer of fresh products, which were distributed in wholesale markets throughout the United States and Canada.
He worked in banking investment in New York during the 80s and 90s. In 1994, he made a deal that would be very successful for him. He purchased National Steel Car and transformed it into America’s leading railroad car manufacturer. Greg Aziz achieved all this through engineering development, manufacturing improvement and investing in a high-quality human resource and staff members.
Gregory Aziz is involved in many charitable events and has a large philanthropy profile. His company, National Steel Car, sponsors cultural activities in the Hamilton area. Some of the things the Aziz family sponsors are the Hamilton Opera, the Salvation Army, the United Way and Theatre Aquarius. This is just a short list of his sponsored businesses in the community. All the employees of National Steel Car are invited to a Christmas Party of the company each year. The company also organizes big food drives for community food banks. Being true Canadians, Greg Aziz and his wife, Irene Greg Aziz, both sponsor and attend the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which is the biggest agricultural fair in Canada. See This Article to learn more.