After 24 Years, Gregory Aziz Continues Pursuit Of Excellence

As President and CEO of National Steel Car, Gregory James Aziz heads one of the world’s foremost rail freight car companies. That company, National Steel Car, strives relentlessly to remain at the cutting edge of engineering in the manufacture of rolling stock for the rail freight industry. National Steel Car is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Greg Aziz initially worked in his family’s wholesale food business, Affiliated Foods. The company went on to become a global importer of foods from Europe, and South and Central America. They distributed those imports across the US and Canada.

Before joining the family business, Gregory J Aziz received his education from Ridley College, going on to study economics at the University of Western Ontario. Political unrest in 1980’s Poland prevented Aziz from finishing his engineering studies, or even obtaining documents needed to verify credits completed. James Aziz observes that this problem is common among immigrants to Canada who did their studies in their native country. He notes the significant contributions made in spite of those handicaps.

From the end of the eighties to the early nineties, Greg worked in investment banking in New York. That work allowed James Aziz to organize the 1994 buyout of National Steel Car from Dofasco. Aziz’s goal was nothing less than restoring this once proud Canadian company into the number one producer of freight cars in North America. By shoring up its already strong engineering teams and upping its investments in personnel and capital, National Steel Car went from 3,500 cars annually to 12,000 in 1999. The company is ISO 9001:2008 certified — and is the only company in North America to hold that certification. See This Article for more information.

National Steel Car manufactures a comprehensive line of rolling stock for freight railways. See the list below:

  • 25,500G Tank Car
  • 29,000G Tank Car
  • 30,500G Tank Car
  • Covered Auto Rack Cars
  • Centerbeam Flat Cars
  • Coal Hoppers
  • Coil Carriers
  • Bulkhead Flat Cars
  • Gondolas
  • Intermodal Spine and Intermodal Well Cars
  • Jumbo Box Cars
  • Super Duty Box Cars
  • Open Top Hoppers


National Steel Car along with Greg and his wife Irene are committed to the community of Hamilton. National Steel Car has sponsored organizations as diverse as the Hamilton Opera, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and Theatre Aquarius. The company also holds an annual Christmas party each year for former and current employees and their families. Greg and Irene are proud to support the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the largest such event in Canada.

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