Family Man & Business Entrepreneur, Gregory Aziz

With the ever-changing world that we live in, it is easy to forget that a huge amount of supplied are still transported by train. From its birth in 1912, when railway cars were still being constructed from wood and metal, up and through to today, where railway cars are made from some of the lightest and strongest materials available, National Steel Car has been providing North America with railway cars and networks for over 100 years.

 

The National Steel Car company spent most of its life in a successful upward trend until the depression in the 1930’s, which caused the company to nearly go under, taking on orders to make things such as outboard boat motors and bus bodies just to keep their employees working and a steady profit margin, but only just.

 

World War II really boosted National Steel Car’s value and it continues on through to this day. In the year 1994 the company was sold to National Industries, Inc. which put it under the control of the CEO of National Industries, Inc., Gregory J Aziz.

 

When he acquired National Steel Car, Aziz saw that it was a slowly failing company and needed a breath of new life. By the year 2000 he had done just that, going from an initial 500 employees to just over 3,000 employees.

 

Similarly, the production values skyrocketed, going from about 3,500 rail cars annually to over 12,500. Under his guidance National Steel Car has risen to be one of the largest manufacturers of rail cars and lines in all of North America.

 

One of the major focuses that has always been at the forefront for Aziz is safety. National Steel Car does business in Canada as well as the United States, making safety of goods and products all the more important.

 

Greg J Aziz was born in London, Ontario, Canada in 1949 and attended Ridley College before going on to the University of Western Ontario, acquiring a degree in Economics. In addition to his work with National Steel Car, Aziz also runs the family business, Affiliated Foods.

 

While under James Aziz leadership, his family run business has grown to be one of the largest importers of foodstuffs from Europe, Central and South America to be distributed to wholesale markets in the United States and Canada. Affiliated Foods has always worked hard to be able to provide their customers with only the highest quality products. Find More Related Here.

 

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National Steel Car Will Never Die

Gregory James Aziz walked up to his corner office after the greatest celebration of his career. National Steel Car Ltd. had just celebrated their centennial birthday being in business. During that celebration, Greg Aziz’s picture was added to the wall of all the greats that came before him, those who had laid the foundation that he was able to build off of. He doubted any of them ever thought he would be at the helm, let alone leading the company past the 100-year mark.

 

As Greg James Aziz reflected back over his time at National Steel Car Ltd., when the company was bought from its then owner Dofasco, he realized that the only reason he succeeded was that he was able to bring innovation to the company and this allowed them to stay ahead of the curve. However, something troubled him. The company had been doing well but times were changing, and he wasn’t sure that National Steel Car Ltd. was ready for this new world.

 

He looked out his window and saw the last stragglers leaving the building. They were going home to work. Aziz would stay to innovate. He rushed out of his office and went to his favorite thinking spot. He knew what must be done if National Steel Car was to continue for another 100 years.

 

The next morning Greg summoned the Research and Development of National Steel Car Ltd. to his office and tasked them with their biggest assignment yet. He explained to them that the world was moving closer to green energy and unless National Steel Car Ltd. got ahead of the curve, they would be left in the dust. He told them they needed to make a quicker rail car that could move more and use 50% fewer gas emissions. They laughed at him. He was serious. They had three years to make it happen. See This Article for additional information

 

 

One and half years later, R&D returned with a rail car that could go faster, haul more, and use 90% fewer gas emissions. Greg ordered these cars to make in secrecy at an isolated plant. One year later stricter environmental regulations were passed, and the majority of business could not meet those standards and had to take a hiatus. That only left National Steel Car Ltd. to do business. As his company dominated the landscape, Greg sat in his office and smiled. He knew at that moment National Steel Car Ltd. would last for another 100 years. Related: https://www.behance.net/greg-aziz.

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