National Steel Car is a company with a pedigree quite unlike any other major North American heavy equipment manufacturing corporation. It was founded more than 100 years ago by one of Canada’s most illustrious figures — Sir John Morison Gibson — lawyer, distinguished military hero and former Lt. Governor of Ontario.
National Steel car has been building railroad “rolling stock” cars across a century of history that has seen two world wars, astounding changes in technology and revolutionary transformation in the way major transportation infrastructure is accomplished.
But perhaps what is just as amazing is that National Steel Car’s largest transformative event came in 1994 — that’s when Gregory James Aziz organized the purchase of the company from Dofasco. His seminal goal was to acquire an organization whose greatest days seemed to be behind it and transform it back again into an industry-leading, world class business.
That’s exactly what Mr. Aziz did as Chairman and CEO of National Steel Car.
When Gregory J. Aziz took over National Steel Car in 1994, the company was putting out 3,500 freight cars per year. By 1999, that number increased to an astounding 12,000 unit per year. It blossomed from 600 employees to 3,000. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, National Steel Car is now the largest producer of rolling stock in Canada and a critical resource worldwide for the train and transportation industry.
Greg (sometimes called James Aziz) is a man clearly born to be in business, but his beginnings were far from building transportation infrastructure. Born in London, Ontario, in 1949, Mr. Aziz studied economics at the University of Western Ontario. He then began his real-world experience in his family’s business Affiliated Foods.
Mr. Aziz transformed what was then a small, family owned operation into a national player in the wholesale food industry. Under his guidance, Affiliated Food established a global reputation as a premiere importer of fresh food from Europe and as a distributor to markets all across Canada and the United States.
Always looking for new opportunities and way to exploit his keen interest in all aspects of business and finance, Greg Aziz spent time in New York working in the banking industry. What he learned about banking and finance proved invaluable when it came time to organize a buyout of National Steel Car.
The rest is history. For more than 30 years, Gregory Aziz has helmed what remains among the most innovative, robust and constantly growing rolling stock company in North America and the world. See This Page for additional information.