Six well-known businessmen from Hamilton, Ontario led by Lieutenant-Governor Sir John Gibson, established the Imperial Car Company. After a month of its inception, Imperial Car Company was given the new name The National Steel Car Company. And after that, the very first steel freight and wood cars that came from the company’s assembly line made National Steel Car a prominent car producer in North America at that. But due to the depression in the 1930s, the company was not able to surmount financial difficulties because of lack of substantial orders and the changing times.
Gregory James Aziz comes from Ontario, Canada. He got his education at Ridley College and completed his degree in Economics at the Wester Ontario University. When he finished his school, he went on to serve with his family’s business, the Affiliated Foods. The food venture of the family is involved in the wholesale import of fresh food from Central America, South America and Europe, which it distributes to main wholesale food traders in Eastern Canada and all over the United States.
After working with the family business, Gregory James Aziz found employment with several banks in the city of New York where he worked from the late 80s to the early 90s. Afterwards he found some means to acquire National Steel Car from Dofasco in 1994.
At the time of acquisition, National Steel Car was just producing 3,500 cars a year, and there are only 600 workers manning the company. To upgrade the production yield, Greg James Aziz added more capital to lift the finances of the company and hired additional workers to facilitate the needs of the company’s various sectors and departments.
Through Gregory James Aziz’s perseverance and good team work, the company was able to produce 12,000 cars by 1999 and the number of employees also grew to 3,000 at the end of the same year.
As a way of giving back, Greg Aziz regularly sponsors the following charitable causes: the Salvation Army, the United Way, the Hamilton Opera, the Theatre Aquarius, and many other local social causes within the Hamilton area. Go To This Page for additional information.
The National Steel Car Annual Christmas Party hosted by Gregory James Aziz is being attended yearly by former and present employees with their families, and the company is often involved in the local food banks’ food drive.
Greg Aziz and his wife regularly sponsor the Regular Agricultural Winter Fair, which is the most famous agricultural fair in Canada.