Gregory Aziz: The Innovative Leader Of Railcars

Gregory James Aziz, a Canadian businessman, is CEO and chairman of National Steel Car, the foremost manufacturer of all types of rail transport. Commonly known as James or Greg Aziz, he was born on 30th April, 1949 in London, Ontario. He is an alumnus of Ridley College and Western University, Ontario, where he specialized in Economics.

In 1971, Greg, now an economist, joined his family’s wholesale food franchise, Affiliate Foods. A leading company of wholesale food franchises, which evolved into a global fresh foods importer. After a stint in his family business Greg proceeded to the banking sector. Where he worked for several investment banks from late 80’s to early 90’s.

Eventually, this job led him to National Steel Car in 1994. When purchasing it from Dofasco he aspired to transform it into a premier railroad freight car manufacturer. Steel Car was a prominent name in Canada since its inception. However, by implementing innovative strategies Gregory J Aziz reinvented it into the largest rolling stock manufacturer of North America.

National Steel Car always had highly developed engineering capabilities. Hence, addition of capital and human investment allowed it to further increase manufacturing. Subsequently, in just 5 years manufacturing capacity skyrocketed from 3500 cars to 12,000 cars owing to quick transformative efforts delivered by strong teams. During this time, employee count went from about 600 to 3000 individuals.

Today, after two decades of manufacturing brilliance, National Steel Car has established itself as an industry frontrunner. It leads in new car innovations and building maximum railroad freight cars annually. It’s veritably, the only freight car manufacturing and engineering company in North America to have received and retained its ISO certification for 18 years. Moreover, it has been a proud recipient of the  highest award for quality, TTX SECO, several times since 1996. Visit This Page for related information

Under the leadship of Greg James Aziz, National Steel Car hasn’t just significantly increased ROI, but also contributes to society through unrelenting participation in various philanthropic activities. It is dedicated to the Hamilton Community, therefore sponsored Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius, The Salvation Army, United Way and several other local charities. Employees and their families, inspired by Greg proactively participate in National Steel Car Christmas Party. They come together to organize a large scale food drive. This food is then donated to local food banks.

Gregory J Aziz, his wife Irene and their daughters, Karina and Natalie are renowned for supporting the equestrian community and participating in equestrian sports. Additionally, they sponsor ‘Royal Agriculture Winter Fair’, Canada’s largest agricultural fair.

 

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