Originally named Imperial Steel Car by its founders in 1912, National Steel Car (NSC) changed its name later that same year. Dofasco bought NSC but relinquished its power by 1990. In 1994, Gregory James Aziz, owner of National Industries Inc. purchased National Steel Car from Dofasco and transformed the declining company into Canada’s leading freight car manufacturer. As Chairman, President, and CEO of NSC, Greg Aziz began the transformation of this company by increasing the number of employees from 500 to 3000, thus increasing production of steel cars from 3500 to 12,500 annually. With that increase, NSC was revived.
Greg J. Aziz was born on April 30th, 1949 in London, Ontario. At the age of 22, Greg had joined his family’s business. They owned a wholesale food importation company called Affiliated Foods which over the expansion of 16 years has become a major fresh food distributor throughout the United States and Eastern Canada. They import fresh foods from other areas of the world such as Europe and Central, and South America.
His education began at Ridley College in St. Catharines, 20 miles from Niagra Falls. He later attended the University of Western Ontario where he majored in Economics.
Honored with the TTX SECO award since 1996, the highest quality award, NSC has also maintained its title of certified ISO 9001 for the past 18 years. The SECO is a program the measures and grades a company according to its delivery, performance, cost, total quality management, customer service, and finance structure. In order to have maintained this stature of excellence, Greg Aziz, and his relentless perseverance has had to endure much.
Now, Greg, and his wife, Irene, are sponsors of Hamilton’s annual Royal Agricultural Fair, Canada’s most prominent fair. National Steel Car’s sponsorship of Theatre Aquarius, The Hamilton Opera, The United Way, The Salvation Army, and several other charities demonstrates the couples desire to give back. Each year thousands of employees, come together to participate in a food drive during the annual Christmas party.
“Since manufacturing our first rail car over 100 years ago, National Steel Car has earned a reputation as North America’s leading railroad freight car manufacturer. We’ve done so through a relentless focus on excellence in engineering and commitment to quality. Go Here for additional information.
The cornerstone of National Steel Car is our people. I am immensely proud of the great company we have built together,” says Greg