National Steel Car has been a leading provider of rolling stock for over a century. Originating in 1912 as the Imperial Steel Car brand, NSC was primed for success by a fortuitous market. At the time of its inception North America was in the midst of its historical railway expansion. National Steel Car soldiered on throughout decades of American history surviving both ups and downs.
It never stopped being a top-level rolling stock producer, but around the 90’s production did begin to slack off. In 1994, under the dismissive hold of Dofasco, production for NSC had fallen to 3,000, with a workforce of only 600. Enter Gregory James Aziz, a successful businessman with an eye for innovation. Under the flag of his corporation National Industries Inc., Aziz purchased NSC from Dofasco. Since then National Steel Car has enjoyed much success.
Greg Aziz was born in London, Ontario. He received his education at Ridley College, and continued his education to a major in economics at University of Western Ontario. His first foray into business came when he joined his families wholesale food company. His mother and father owned Affiliated Foods, and Aziz took over in 1971.
Within 16 years Aziz boosted sales higher than ever before and expanded the business into a worldwide importer of fresh foods serving Europe, South, and Central America. He left the family business for the banking world in the late 80’s. There he took part in several opportunities within investment banking. His success in New York led to his founding of National Industries. In 1994 he decided to dip his toe into the railroad pool.
Aziz initially purchased National Steel Car with am overall goal of transforming it. Once it had been the leading rolling stock manufacturer for North America and Gregory James Aziz wanted it to be so once more. Following is successful business model Aziz focused on employees first. He hired more help, increasing 600 employees to 3,000, and then increased output to 12,500. Aziz focused on the company’s strong engineering capability, team-building, workforce initiatives, innovation, technology, and expansion. View More Information Here.
Today National Steel Car is the leading producer of rolling stock for North America. It has a satisfied workforce of loyal employees, less employee turnaround, great benefits, and pushes the boundaries of present rolling stock technology. James Aziz pushes these boundaries so that his company product always exceeds North American standards. He also focuses on his employees because they are the life blood of his company.