Born on the 30th of April, 1949 in London, Ontario, Gregory James Aziz attended Ridley College, later majoring in economics at the University of Western Ontario. Currently residing as the President and Chairman as well as Chief Executive Officer of National Steel Car, located locally in Hamilton, Ontario, Greg James Aziz leads one of the most prominent companies specializing in the engineering and manufacturing of railroad freight cars. In addition, Aziz, with his wife Irene, currently act as sponsors of Canada’s most prominent agricultural fair, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
The Road To The Rails
Greg Aziz didn’t start out in the railroad business, in fact, he had originally joined Affiliated Foods in 1971, his family’s wholesale food company. Over the course of sixteen years, the company grew significantly, becoming an international importer of fresh produce from the Americas as well as Europe, and a distributor to the Eastern Canadian and United States markets.
After Affiliated Foods, Aziz worked on a number of investment banking opportunities, eventually arranging for the purchase of National Steel Car in 1994, which was, at the time, owned by Dofasco.
Bringing National Steel Car Into The Spotlight
Once National Steel Car had been acquired, Gregory James Aziz set out with a goal to bring the now floundering Canadian railroad company back to its former glory, and, if possible, to surpass it. With a strong emphasis on firm engineering capabilities, exceptional team-building, as well as the significant investment of capital, by 1999, National Steel Car had greatly expanded its manufacturing capabilities as well as increasing the number of employees significantly.
Today, National Steel Car is one of the largest railroad companies, leading the industry in freight car innovation due to its strong emphasis on quality in manufacturing as well as engineering. Each year the company builds thousands of brand new freight cars, leading the industry in North America, and putting National Steel Car back in the limelight after its stagnancy under Dofasco. Due to the company’s penchant for high-quality freight car engineering and manufacturing, they have become the only company in the field to have been certified ISO 9001:2008, and have held the certification for the past eighteen years over several recertifications. In addition, since 1996, the company has been honored with the TTX SECO highest quality award consistently. Learn More on this Page.
On top of their excellent craftsmanship and numerous awards and certifications, above all, National Steel Car values its commitment to the Hamilton community. With thousands of employees from the Hamilton area, and an annual Christmas party as well as food drives for the local food banks, as well as significant contributions towards the sponsorship of the Hamilton Opera, the Salvation Army, the United Way and numerous other local organizations and charities, National Steel Car shows unparalleled dedication to its local community.
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