In the 90’s, Gregory James Aziz became the head of a company called National Steel Car. At the time, it may not have been an incredibly big deal, but after years of hard work, this simple action changed not only his life, but so many others as well.
What is National Steel Car?
If you are unfamiliar with trains, railroads, or railroad freight cars – you may have never come across the name National Steel Car unless you happen to come to a complete stop while watching them drive by. National Steel Car, however, is one of the world’s leading railroad freight car companies. They not only manufacture freight cars, but they engineer them as well. They have many cars that they focus production on including boxcars, coil cars, flat cars, gondola cars, hopper cars, intermodal cars and tank car. They have worked with major companies such as Dow Chemicals, CSX, Union Pacific, Shell Canada, Canadian National Railways, Canadian Pacific Railway and Ontario Northland Railway.
Gregory James Aziz is not only the CEO of National Steel Car, but he is the Chairman and President, as well. Greg became the head of the company in the 90’s after working on investment banking opportunities in New York. He came across National Steel Car and was able to organize the purchase of it from Dofasco. Greg Aziz’s ultimate objective with the company was improving it to be the best, and the best is exactly what it is. The company’s numbers improved almost five times within the first five years Greg Aziz was at the head, going from numbers such as 600 employees to 3,000 employees with 3,500 cars produced per year to 12,000 cars produced per year.
The idea of this journey alone might have you saying, “What a steel!”
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How exactly did Greg get to investment banking in New York?
Gregory James Aziz was born in London, Ontario in 1949 where he would later go to school at Ridley Collage and major in economics at the University of Western Ontario. After school, he went to work at his family company that was a wholesale food business called Affiliated Foods. He remained there until the 80’s, as the company continued to grow for the next 16 years. Eventually Greg made his way to New York that would lead to Greg’s ultimate success.
Currently, the company remains to be one of the world’s leaders in railroad manufacturing and engineering.