Gregory Aziz Builds National Steel Car Into Global Powerhouse

National Steel Car has over 100 years of engineering and manufacturing excellence. The company, has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the railroad freight and tank supplier in North America. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the company is led by current CEO and chairman Greg Aziz.

National Steel Car was founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1912 by several investors. The principal John Morrisson Gibson had interests in other companies such as Magor Car Corporation.

From the very beginning, the company earned a reputation for precision timing and commitment to quality. After the company was purchased in 1919 by Donald Symington and Robert Magor it became officially recognized as National Steel Car Corporation Limited.

The company boomed until the 1930s when orders began to cool. They made money by building outboard motors and bus housings. When World WII started, there was a renewed need for steel. The company has been financially sound since.

The company changed hands in 1962 when it was purchased by Dofasco. In 1994, the company was acquired by Aziz’s company National Industries. By the year 2000, National Steel Car was producing 12,500 rail cars annually.

“We don’t sit on our laurels and focus on past achievements. We continue to pursue excellence and focus on our customer base, which is the primary reason for our success,” said Aziz.

Aziz has successful run National Steel Car since it was purchased in 1994. Aziz was born in London, Ontario in 1949. After graduating from high school, he attended Ridley College and went on to receive a degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Before his foray into the steel industry, Aziz worked for his family’s wholesale food business. The company imported fruits and vegetables from South and Central America and exported them to the United States and Europe.

Even today, Affiliated Foods is one of the largest food distributorships in Canada. After spending several years in the banking industry in the 1980s and 90s, Aziz decided it was time for a change. After making a significant amount of money, he was able to purchase the company. The rest is history.

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