Gregory James Aziz serves as the CEO, President and Chairman of National Steel Car. National Steel Car is one of the world’s leading freight car manufacturing and engineering companies for railroads. The company is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Gregory J Aziz was born in and had his early education at London in Ontario, Canada. He joined Ridley College and graduated in economics at the University of Western Ontario. His family ran a wholesale food business in London Ontario. He first joined the family business in 1971 and helped the company grow into one of the largest importers of fresh food from South and Central America and Europe that they distributed to fresh food wholesale markets in Eastern Canada and the US. He later worked for several investment banks from the late 1980s to the 1990s.
In 1994, Gregory J Aziz purchased National Steel Car from the Hamilton Ontario based company Dofasco. His goal was to make the company the leading freight car manufacturer for the railroad in North America. When he purchased the company, 3500 cars were manufactured in a year. He made a sizable investment in capital and labor and by 1999, the company manufactured 12,000 cars per year. When he took over the company, the workforce consisted of 600 employees. Today almost 3,000 work at National Steel Car Company. The company has been honored with the awards, ISO 9001:2008 and the TTX SECO for the last 18 years recognizing the high quality of products manufactured by them. See Related Link to learn more.
National Steel Car is involved in community service in the city of Hamilton. The company makes valuable contributions to several local charities and has sponsored cultural institutions including the Theatre Aquarius and the Hamilton Opera. Aziz and his wife sponsor the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair-ma well-known agricultural fair in Canada. The company also organizes a major food drive for local food banks during Christmas each year. He is the patron of the National Steel Car Equestrian Team and sponsored the Anglestone Tournament in 2009.
Aziz believes that the secret of the success of National Steel Car is based on cooperation. Employees and the management strive together to improve the quality of the products and services provided by the company. Continuous innovation and expert engineering result in the superior quality freight cars manufactured by the company. By encouraging cooperation and manufacturing excellence, Gregory J Aziz has contributed to the stellar performance of the company.