National Steel Car has grown exponentially in the past few decades, and that’s thanks to one man: Gregory James Aziz of Ontario, Canada. Born in 1949, Mr. James Aziz was quickly drawn into his family’s wholesale food import business – Affiliated Foods. However, he soon branched out into other aspects of international business and eventually bought National Steel Car in 1994. He took over as CEO and Chairman of the Board and the rest, as they say, is history.
National Steel Car expanded quickly under the watchful eye of Gregory J Aziz, who treated the company as a growing business. When he bought the company in 1994, business had been on the decline for years. All that changed once he implemented his award-winning business strategies.
By the year 2000, there were over 3,000 employees working at National Steel, more than 6 times the number of employees that had been working there when Aziz took over. The production rates tripled as well, and the company was injected with a new life. Profit margins soared higher than they ever had before in the history of National Steel, a company originally founded in 1912.
Aziz excelled at running National Steel. New life was injected into the entire industry, with Aziz citing his dedicated employees and good relationships with suppliers as the reason for his success.
That success has turned out to be the success of the community of Ontario as a whole, with Greg Aziz and his wife Irene becoming community sponsors of the Hamilton Opera and other venues as well as Ontario’s food drives. This philanthropic approach to success has made Greg Aziz and National Steel ever more popular within the Ontario community, and the family continues to remain very much involved in community affairs.
Greg Aziz even hosts and sponsors a Christmas party each year for the thousands of people employed by National Steel, and encourages his employees to give back to the community as well. Go Here To Learn More.
Today, the National Steel Company is the leading railroad freight car manufacturer in North America, and there are no current plans to slow down the innovation and growth of the company. Under a leader as open minded, community-oriented and forward-thinking as Greg James Aziz, anything is possible!