How Gregory James Aziz has Spearheaded National Steel Car into a Leading Railcar Manufacturer in North America

Gregory James Aziz is a renowned figure in the railroad freight car manufacturing and engineering industry. His reputation mainly stems from being the current president, chief executive officer, and chair of National Steel Car. This Hamilton, Ontario-based company prides itself on being among the foremost manufacturers of railroad freight cars in the world. Under Greg Aziz’s tenure, National Steel Car has lived up to its legacy of building quality railcars.



Background and Experience


Armed with his knowledge from Ridley College and an economics major from the University of Western Ontario, James Aziz ventured into his family’s business in 1971. His assistance in Affiliated Foods helped the business to grow tremendously over 16 years. In fact, the company became a leading importer of fresh food globally with distribution to the foremost wholesale fresh food markets in Eastern Canada and the US.


Gregory J Aziz successfully organized the acquisition of National Steel Car in 1994 from Dofasco thanks to his experience in investment banking, which he acquired in the early 1990s and late 1980s. The primary goal of acquiring National Steel Car was taking back the company to industry greatness as the top railroad freight car engineer and manufacturer in all of North America.


National Steel Car’s Progress


Through placing extra emphasis on the company’s robust engineering skills, team-building as well as significant capital and human investment, National Steel Car was able to boost its manufacturing potential. For this reason, the company moved from making 3,500 railcars in a year to 12,000 by 1999. Over the same duration, the employment rate grew considerably from 600 to 3,000.


Gregory Aziz has helped to strengthen National Steel Car’s relationships with some of its key clients such as Canpotex. Currently, the Canpotex has invested a whopping $500 million plus in manufacturing more than 7,000 potash railcars with National Steel Car. According to Greg, the order alone secures about seven months of employment for more than 400 individuals out of the company’s 2400 employees.


Other Endeavors


Apart from becoming a leader in the manufacturing of railroad cars in North America, James Aziz has helped the company maintain its honor as a certified ISO 9001:2008 company. The National Steel Car also takes part in community support initiatives. Some of the beneficiaries include the Salvation Army, Theatre Aquarius, the United Way, and the Hamilton Opera among many other local charities in the Hamilton area. Furthermore, Greg Aziz and Irene, his wife, are renowned sponsors of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.