Ever since he purchased National Steel Car in 1994, president and CEO Gregory James Aziz has brought major changes and grand growth to the company. Born in London Ontario on April 30, 1949, Greg James Aziz first schooled at Ridley College before majoring in Economics at the University of Western Ontario.
Gregory Aziz got firsthand experience in business when he joined a family enterprise in 1971. Affiliated Foods, the company, dealt with import and supply of fresh fruits. They imported the fruits from Europe, South and Central American before supplying them to major fresh food wholesale markets in the Eastern Canada and the United States. Before leaving the bushiness after 16 years, Gregory J Aziz saw the business become a global importer.
He then left for New York where he explored banking opportunities between late 80s and early 90s. This readied him for the then under-performing National Steel Car which he bought from Dofasco. His sole intention was to make the company north America’s leading railroad freight car manufacturer which he succeed. In his first five years, Gregory James Aziz expanded the company’s productivity from 3500 cars a year to 1200 cars. This created more jobs and over 1900 new employees were brought on board. Owing to Gregory Aziz’s quest of engineering and manufacturing excellence, National; Steel Car has been awarded with the TTX SECO highest quality award since 1996.
It has also held the honor if being North America’s only railroad freight car, engineering and manufacturing company with ISO certification, ISO 9001;2008 for the last 18 years.
As the chairperson of the company’s board of executives, Greg Aziz ensures that the company is committed to the Hamilton community by using its profits to sponsor various charities including the Salvation Army, the united Way, the Hamilton Opera and other locals. His family is a notable sponsor of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and he encourages employees and their families to take part in the company’s food drive where they gather food for Hamilton food bank. Get Additional Information Here.
As CEO, Gregory Aziz believes in strong engineering capabilities and team building. Through him, the company brings employees both former and current together by treating them to Christmas parties.