Gregory Aziz and National Steel Car going strong

National Steel car are a Hamilton, Ontario based freight car engineering and manufacturing company, one of the largest in the world, as well as one of the oldest. Going strong since 1912, National Steel Car are acknowledged as a world leader in designing and manufacturing cutting edge products for the railroad industry.

At it’s head is chairman Gregory James Aziz, who took on the job in 1994 after the purchase of National Steel Car from Dofasco. A native of London, Ontario, Greg Aziz graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a major in Economics.

A serial entrepreneur, the railroad magnate entered the family business in the early 70s, making a splash with food importing outfit Affiliated Foods. Affiliated Foods can claim to have supplied all of the major wholesale food markets in North America, and Aziz maintains ties to the food industry to this day.


Gregory J Aziz’s next move was into investment banking in New York, where he excelled during the 80s and 90s before finding his calling in the railroad industry at National Steel Car, which also brought him back to his native Ontario.

With Gregory at the helm, a new chapter was started at National Steel Car, a company with a long heritage in the North American railroad sector. From the boom times of the 20s, through product diversification in the 30s and becoming a military supplier during the second world war, National Steel Car are a household name with a long history in North America. It should be noted that National Steel Car recently received the TTX SECO award- for the 13th consecutive time! – for their leading role in the manufacture of railroad cars, which are the only ISO certified railcars in the North American railroad sector.

National Steel Car are a socially responsible company and are very much conscious of their role as an employer and neighbor in the Hamilton, Ontario Community. Sponsoring local groups such as the Hamilton Opera, United Way, and salvation army amongst others, James Aziz is an important local philanthropist in the Hamilton community his company calls home. And in what is perhaps a call-back to Aziz’s family business routes, the company annually launches a drive to stock the local food banks during the festive season.


In his personal life, aside from his charitable commitments, Greg J Aziz is married to longtime partner Irene and has 2 children. Greg patrons his company’s equestrian team and is a keen horseman and horse racing fan. See More Info Here.