Greg Aziz is the Chairman, President and CEO of National Steel Car-one of the world’s leading engineers of railroad freight cars. National Steel Car is located in Hamilton, Ohio. Greg J. Aziz was born in London, Ontario in 1949. He got degrees from Ridley College and University of Western Ontario. He started his career in the family wholesale food business, Affiliated Foods, in 1971. The small family business grew over the next 16 years to become a worldwide importer of fresh foods for such places as Europe, Central and South America.
After leaving his family business, Gregory J Aziz worked with several investment banks from late 1980’s into the early 1990’s. It was then that he put together the purchase of National Steel Car form Dofasco in 1994. Greg James Aziz had a vision of changing this struggling company into one of the top manufacturers of railroad freight cars. He focused on the strong engineering proficiency and with some time and money, National Steel Car began to grow.
Under the leadership of James Aziz, the business expanded its production of 3,500 cars annually to over 12,000 freight cars in 1999. The employment for National Steel Car also jumped from approximately 600 employees to almost 3,000 workers. Today, Gregory J. Aziz and National Steel Car are one of the leaders in the industry, known for innovation and quality in the production of thousands of cars each year. The company is the only engineer of freight cars that has been certified ISO 9001:2008 for 18 consecutive years, and they have received the TTX SECO highest quality award since 1996.
Greg Aziz, along with his wife, supports many community organizations in Hamilton, including The Theatre Aquarius, the Hamilton Opera, The United Way and The Salvation Army. National Steel Car also hosts an annual Christmas Party that has past and present employees with their families in attendance. Greg also sponsors the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which is Canada’s most well-known agricultural fair. Visit This Web Page for more.
Aziz attributes his success to the emphasis on innovation and taking calculated risks. He built the National Steel Car Company into a leader in today’s manufacturing of railroad cars. It didn’t happen overnight, but Greg Aziz supported his employees while demanding excellence. These qualities led to recognition and awards as his company set the standard for railroad manufacturing. Greg A. Aziz also believes in supporting his community with money and time as he models leadership and care.