Gregory James Aziz is well known for his railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing firm, National Steel Car. He doubles up as the Chairman and President of the Hamilton, Ontario based company. He is extensively trained in economics at the Ridley College and the University of Western Ontario.
Early Career Life
Greg Aziz demonstrated his business skills early in life after he overwhelmingly grew his family business, Affiliated Foods, at only 22 years of age. During his tenure, the company became a leader in the importation of fresh foods from Central and South America as well as from Europe. Affiliated Foods also grew to be the leading supplier of these foods all over the United States and Eastern Canada. After a successful career at the firm, James Aziz relocated to New York where he led a career in investment banking. His life-changing event came in the early 90s when he acquired the National Steel Car from Dofasco.
Growing National Steel Car
At the time of purchase, Gregory J. Aziz had his eyes on the vision of making the company a regional leader in railroad freight car manufacturing. He knew he could succeed if he capitalized on the firm’s engineering and team building capabilities. He invested heavily in capital and human resources, which saw the company increase its manufacturing capacity by over 8000 cars in five years. He was able to create over 2000 employment opportunities over the same period. Since then, Greg has not relented in taking National Steel Car to greater heights year after year. The firm is a holder of the ISO 9001:2008 certificate, the only one in the industry. It has been recertified with the same honor for 18 years now. Two years after Greg Aziz took over, National Steel Car won the highest quality award by TTX SECO. The company has received this award several times since then.
One of the remarkable things about James Aziz is that he has managed to propagate a family at National Steel Car by bringing together the past and current employees. Every Christmas, these employees and their children join hands in conducting a food drive that is later donated to the local food banks. Besides this generous act, the firm has supported several other charitable organizations in Hamilton such as the United Way, Theatre Aquarius, the Salvation Army, and the Hamilton Opera. Together with his wife Irene, Gregory James Aziz is known to sponsor one of the biggest agricultural fair in Canada, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Get More Information Here.