Born 68 years ago in London, Ontario, Gregory James Aziz is chairman of National Steel Car. He also doubles up as the company’s CEO and President. Founded by a group of investors in 1902, National Steel car is ranked among the world’s top manufacturers and engineers of railroad freight cars or rolling stock. The company is based in Hamilton, Ontario. Gregory J Aziz joined Affiliate Foods, a family owned business belonging to his parents. He joined after graduating with an Economics major from the University of Western Ontario. Gregory Aziz then went on to work for several banks in New York as an investment banker between the late 1980’s to early 90’s. Greg Aziz eventually arranged for the purchase of National Steel Car from Dofasco in 1994, undertaking the company through major transformation from a once forgotten Canadian top companies into one of North Americas top manufacturer and freight car engineering firms.
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Since its purchase in 1994, National Steel Company has seen exponential growth under Greg Aziz’s chairmanship, increasing their freight car manufacture by 8500 at the turn of the millennium in 1999, from 3500 freight cars at the point of purchase in 1994 to over 12,000 freight cars. Through massive deployment of human capital, team-building, monetary investment and improved engineering methods, National Steel has managed to not only improve freight car production, but has also benefited the Hamilton community. The company currently employs over 3,000 people. Further testament to his business acumen is the fact that National Steel Car remains the only ISO 9001:2008 certified freight car manufacturer and engineering firm, a certification it has managed to renew for the past 18 years. Apart from an ISO certification, National Steel car has for the past 21 years been honored by the TTX SECO award for having the highest quality products. See More Information Here.
In recognition of the Hamilton community where it is based, National Steel and Greg James Aziz have sponsored various charities that include the Hamilton Opera, Salvation Army, Theatre Aquarius and the United Way. On a personal capacity, Greg Aziz together with his wife are the sponsors of Canada’s Royal Agricultural Winter fair, the country’s well known agricultural fair.
Aziz is a leader by nature. His input in this company has been beneficial to it in many ways. To him, it is about elevating clients by offering some of the most unmatched services. Aziz is sure that there is a bright future for the company.