Gregory Aziz: Modern Railroad Legend
When someone thinks of railroads, what initially comes to their mind? Dated steam locomotives hauling pioneers across the American West, or maybe the newer bullet trains which take commuters through their day? While Europe has been blessed with a phenomenal network of modern rail transportation, the United States is not as fortunate. To many, the days great days of the railroad are long since passed, with the advent of air transportation and personal vehicles.
While many have accepted this as the natural progression of time, some, like Gregory James Aziz of National Steel Car, beg to differ. Greg Aziz was born in London, Ontario sixty-eight years ago. While he started his lengthy and distinguished career at his family’s wholesale food business, he eventually purchased National Steel Car, a manufacturer of rail cars with a proud history. Founded over a hundred years ago, National Steel Car began its story in June 1912 under the name Imperial Steel Car when it began to produce wood and steel freight cars.
Over time, National Steel Car expanded to create passenger cars. Throughout its history, National Steel Car and her employees have been proud to support their country and the values it represents. During both World Wars, National Steel Car converted some of its industrial facilities to produce critical wartime materials while letting its employees fight for a higher cause. While the company had a long, successful history, the 1980s introduced a time of much uncertainty for the company and railroad industry as a whole.
Since purchasing National Steel Car in 1994, Greg Aziz managed to increase production from 3,500 cars per year to well over 12,000 in just five years. With this increase in production, Aziz created over 2,400 jobs. As the years progressed, National Steel Car only improved. In 1995, the once purely Canadian company expanded to American markets while building a fifth product lane. Under Gregory James Aziz’s leadership, National Steel Car has been repeatedly awarded the TTX SECO highest quality award since 1996 and consistently certified as ISO 9001:2008. Through his experienced business tactics and faithfulness to his company, Gregory James Aziz has renovated a historic company while improving North America’s industrial capacity.
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