When thinking about transporting goods, how does that image look in your head? Sometimes, I like to imagine boxes being loaded up in a plane and shipped to a warehouse where a big truck picks them up to be delivered to their destination. On occasion, I can see more difficult goods, such as coal, fertilizers, or chemicals, being transported by train in those giant steel cars you see all the time.
When I was a kid and thought of trains, often times I was met with images of people riding one in a big city like New York, Chicago, or London but through adulthood you learn that more often than not – trains are meant for the purpose above – transporting goods. Have you ever wondered where those train cars come from? There is still a whole industry of train mechanics that is thriving to new heights today!
A company called National Steel Car is one of the world’s leading engineer and manufacturers of these railroad freight cars. This company was originally founded in Canada as Imperial Steel Car Inc, over 100 years ago in 1912! Regardless of what the company is, it is quite remarkable to imagine any company or industry lasting this long, especially so successfully with how quickly the times have changed and continue to change.
Though there were periods when the railroad freight industry wasn’t at its peak, the company itself underwent an immense change in the 90’s when the Chairman, CEO and President of National Steel Car – Gregory Aziz – took over, bringing it success in incredible numbers within the years to follow. Visit This Page for more information.
Gregory James Aziz was born and raised in London, Ontario where he went through a journey that lead him to where he is today. Attending Ridley College, he then set his sights on the University of Western Ontario, where he graduated with a degree in Economics which suited him immensely. After university, Greg Aziz worked for years with his family’s food business called Affiliated Foods where he aided in the success of the company which lead it to become a worldwide importer of foods.
James Aziz decided his time at Affiliated Foods was up went to New York to seek out investment banking opportunities. This time is when the hands of fate took hold, and Gregory Aziz crossed paths with National Steel Car, where he then leads the company to unimaginable success, creating exciting environments for their employees and the railroad freight car industry for years to come!