Gregory James Aziz is currently the chairman of National Steel Car. He also doubles as the company’s chief executive and president. This is one of the most established railroad freight car manufacturer. The company is located in Ontario’s Hamilton town.
Gregory was born on April 30th, 1949 in London. He went to Ridley College. Later he would join University of Western Ontario for an Economics major.
Greg Aziz started working for his family in 1971. The family operated a wholesale business dealing in foods. This family business expanded tremendously in 16 years to become one of the leading importers of fresh European, and American foods. The company imported from South and Central American countries. The product would later be distributed across the US and into the Eastern part of Canada.
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James Aziz worked on numerous banking jobs between the 80s and 90s. This experience prepared him for the National Steel Car deal he struck for Dofasco early 1994. The idea was to transform the company into a leader in the railroad freight vehicle manufacturing. Upon acquisition, the company expanded so much so that it went from manufacturing 3,500 cars annually to over 12,000 cars in 1999. More employees were hired to enable production. The company lay emphasis on team building, capital investment and engineering.
Owing to National Steel Car’s resilience and dedication to excellence, the company is a leader in innovating new vehicles. It also builds many railroad freight vehicles on a yearly basis. National Steel Car is certified ISO 9001:2008 as the sole railroad freight vehicle manufacturer in North America. The company has held this honor for the over 18 years receiving consistent awards for quality service delivery since 1996. The TTX SECO is a high-quality award given to companies that demonstrate excellence in service delivery. See Related Link to learn more.
Giving Back and Philanthropy
National Steel Car is passionate about giving back to the community and philanthropy. Hamilton Community has benefitted greatly from National Steel Car’s work. Theatre Aquarius, Salvation Army, Hamilton Opera as well as United Way are some of the institutions that have benefitted from donations courtesy of National Steel Car.
Apart from these institutions, staff of the company present, and past are regulars at the yearly Christmas parties organized. The company also organizes major food drives for some of the food banks in the area. Gregory J Aziz together with Irene, his wife, sponsors Canada’s most prestigious agricultural show: The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.