National Steel Car came to be in 1912 due to a man named Sir John Morrison Gibson. Gibson forged the rolling stock manufacturer with a group of investors, and it quickly gained success. Since its inception National Steel Car has remained one of the top three manufactures of rolling stock in Canada. At present it is considered the largest maker of rolling stock in Canada. This is due to the hard work and dedication of another man named Gregory James Aziz.
Gregory James Aziz is a Canadian-born businessman and alumni of Western University. He started his career taking over the family business, Affiliated Foods, which he joined in 1971. A wholesale food seller Affiliated Foods has been run by his family for years. James Aziz revolutionized the company and brought in enough profit to expand the business. During his tenure the food seller enjoyed its largest returns and spread its distribution worldwide. Aziz talent for business and leadership were evident in his treatment of employees, and his work ethics overall. In 1994 Aziz purchased National Steel Car through his Hamilton corporation National Industries Inc. His presence in the long-standing rolling stock manufacturer has led to some of its most profitable years.
The company began to decline in 1990. Although National Steel Car has never had an unsuccessful year, the returns in the early 90’s were some of its lowest. Purchased by Dofasco in 1962 National Steel Car’s production had gone down. Dofasco gave up control of Steel Car in the years prior to Aziz’s purchase. Aziz got straight to business and increased Steel Cars’ output from an annual capacity of 3,500 to 12,500 in five years. He also increased the rolling stock maker’s workforce from 500 to 3,000. Today National Steel Car is the only rolling stock maker in North America to receive ISO certification. See Related Link to learn more.
Aziz’s trick to success in is his treatment of the workforce. Aziz believes that a company is only as strong as the people it is made up of. This is why his business model puts employees first. Gregory Aziz listens to them, takes their ideas seriously, and treats them like family. He provides incentives to work and infuses his workforce with a passion for that work. Employees of National Steel Car feel as though they are part of the company. His pay is top-level, he offers production bonuses, and provides workers and their families with superior benefits.