Driven by determination, Gregory James Aziz has achieved a lot in his life. He is the Chairman, President and CEO of the National Steel Car. The firm is world’s leading manufacturer, an engineering firm which is located in Hamilton, Ontario. The company has over 100 years of experience in its industry. The great pillar of the company is the success is its people. Led by Aziz, the company personnel has enabled the company become more proactive, diverse, value driven and innovative more than ever.
Gregory Aziz was born in Ontario on April 30, 1949. He was educated at Ridley College and then majored in economics at the University of Western Ontario. Aziz’started sharpening his business skills at an early age. His journey in business world began when he joined his family wholesale food business, in 1971. The family business was incorporated as Affiliated Foods, the company grew over 16 years to edge out competitors in the industry and emerge as the leading importer of fresh foods. The firm imports were from Europe, Central, and South America, the company had created an extensive network of the distribution channels. Its clients consisted of all wholesale food markets across the United States and in Eastern Canada.
Aziz has worked for several banking investment firms which are located in New York. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Greg was able to plan and see through the acquisition of National Steel Car from Dofasco in 1994. The goal that motivated the purchase was to transform the Canadian company into North America’s leading railroad freight car manufacturer. Taking advantage of the firm’s high engineering capabilities, team-building, and through human and capital investment, the company stretched its annual manufacturing capacity from 3,500 cars at the time of acquisition to 12,000 cars by 1999. During the period the firm employed 2,400 more employees.
Guided by Gregory Aziz, the National Steel Car has continued to pursue excellence. Its good work hasn’t gone unnoticed, the company has consistently been honored with the TTX SECO since 1996, an award recognizing highest quality producing brand. The firm leads the industry of new car innovation while manufacturing thousands of new railroads freight each year. The performance can be attributed to the intense pursuit of engineering and manufacturing excellence. For over 18 years the company has operated as ISO 9001:2008 certified.
Besides from leading a successful company Gregory Aziz and his have continuous financed the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The event is the most prominent agricultural fair in Canada.