National Steel Car is North America’s largest provider of railroad freight cars. They have been in business for more than 100 years and both design and fabricate the cars for railroad companies across the United States and Canada. It is based in Hamilton, Ontario and the company is both owned and run by Gregory James Aziz, a Canadian businessman. He purchased the company in 1994 while he was working as an investment banker in New York City.
When Gregory J Aziz bought National Steel Car the company had been in decline for a number of years. He was highly successful in turning the company around by recommitting to engineering excellence and broadening the company’s manufacturing capabilities. Greg Aziz increased employment at National Steel Car from 600 people to about 3,000 people in the first five years he owned the company. He also increased the number of freight cars being produced each year by more than three-fold, going from about 3,500 freight cars to 12,000.
Greg James Aziz occupies the top positions at National Steel Car. He is the company’s Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President. He was born and raised in London, Ontario. He received his education at Ridley College before attending the University of Western Ontario, graduating with a degree in Economics. For several years he worked at Affiliated Foods, a company his family owned. This company imported foods from international locations such as Europe and South America and then distributed it to other food companies across both Eastern Canada and the United States. See More Info Here.
In regard to the social responsibility of National Steel Car, Gregory J Aziz donates to a number of causes, both international organizations as well as local ones in the Hamilton community. He has sponsored the Hamilton Opera and Theatre Aquarius for many years. National Steel Car also donates money to large charitable organizations such as the United Way and the Salvation Army. During the holiday season each year the company operates a food drive and the food is given to food banks in the area. Along with his wife, Irene, Greg Aziz is also a sponsor of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. This fair is the largest one of its kind in Canada and Greg and Irene Aziz have proudly sponsored it for several years.