Gregory Aziz Has Made National Steel Car Great Again
Gregory James Aziz is CEO, chairman and president of National Steel Car. The Hamilton, Ontario based company is among the top railroad freight car manufacturing and engineering companies in the world. Aziz bought the company in 1994 from Dofasco. He wanted to transform the Canadian company into the leading manufacturer of railroad freight cars in North America. And Gregory J Aziz has been able to do just that. By leveraging the strong engineering capabilities of National Steel Car, building a strong team and making a significant human and capital investment, by 1999 the company had increased its annual manufacturing capability to 12,000 cars from 3,500 and hired 2,400 workers to bring the staff to 3,000 under his leadership.
A native of London, Ontario, Greg Aziz was born in 1949. He attended Ridley College and earned a degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. In 1971, he began working with Affiliated Foods, a wholesale food company owned by his family. During the 16 years he spent with Affiliated Foods, the company became a worldwide importer. They supplied markets in Eastern Canada and throughout the United States with fresh foods from Central and South America and Europe. Then, Greg James Aziz began working with investment bankers in New York to arrange the financing he needed to purchase National Steel Car.
Thanks to Greg Aziz’s commitment to excellence in engineering and manufacturing, National Steel Car is the industry leader in new railroad freight car innovation. Plus, it’s the only railroad freight car manufacturing company in North America certified ISO 9001:2008. The company has earned this honor 18 consecutive years. Since 1996, National Steel Car has won the award for highest quality given by the TTX SECO every year. Gregory J Aziz isn’t only focused on National Steel Car. He’s also committed to the community of Hamilton, Ontario. He sponsors numerous local charities and finds many ways to improve the quality of life for people in Hamilton, Ontario.
Working with Irene his wife, Greg Aziz also sponsors of one of Canada’s best known agricultural fairs, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Plus, each year thousands of current and former National Steel Car employees and their families attend the company’s Christmas party and take part in a major food drive to benefit the local food banks. They’re always challenging themselves to improve the quality of their products and better uplift the Hamilton community. Check out his page here.