Gregory James Aziz is the current CEO and chair of National Steel Car, which is a leading railroad freight car in the engineering and manufacturing industry. It is located in Ontario, Hamilton.
Greg J Aziz was born in 1949, April 30th. He studied at Ridley College and later joined the University of Western Ontario where he majored in economics. His career path began when he joined his family’s company known as the Affiliated Foods in 1971. From that time, the company grew to become a world-renowned importer of fresh fruits in Central and South America as well as Europe. It became a distributor to major wholesalers of fresh foods all over Eastern Canada and the US.
James Aziz worked in New York in the investment banking industry in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. It was in this industry in 1994 that he organized the purchase of National Steel Car from its previous owners, Dofasco. His aim at the time was to transform the powerful Canadian company into a rail freight car manufacturer in North America. He emphasized National Steel Car’s strong engineering capabilities as well as team building with a considerable amount of human and capital investment. This saw the company expand its manufacturing capabilities from 3500 cars each year to 12000 in 1999. As a result, the employment level rose from 600 to 3000.
From the humble beginnings, the company is a leader in manufacturing and engineering, especially for new car innovations. National Steel Car is known to be the only railroad freight car, manufacturing, and engineering company in North America that has the ISO9001:2008 certification. The company has held this honor for the last years with a number of re-certification. The company has also received continuous recognition and honor of the TTX SECO ever since 1996.
National Steel Company has a strong commitment to the Hamilton community through a number of initiatives it does. It is committed to sponsoring the Hamilton opera, theater Aquarius, The United Way, and Salvation Army. The company also organizes major food drives at Christmas where the employees and their families get to participate. The drive is to assist local banks in achieving their targets. Greg is also known to collaborate with his wife to sponsor the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair which is Canada’s prominent agricultural fair.