Gregory James Aziz or Greg Aziz is the President and CEO of National Steel Car. National Steel Car is one of the leading manufacturers of freight train cars in the world. The company is based in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. National Steel car is not exactly a new entrant on the scene. They have been building freight cars for trains for over a hundred years. This in itself is a testament to their commitment to building quality products.
The company continues to be an industry leader by making state of the art products as well as specialized cars for transporting hazardous materials.
Greg J Aziz was born in London, England in 1949. He comes from a successful business oriented family, so you could say business is in his blood. After graduating from Ridley College, he attended University of Western Ontario where he got his degree in Economics. After graduating he went to work in his family business, Affiliated Foods, which is involved in wholesale food distribution all over North America.
Food and agricultural products were imported from various parts of the world. Within a relatively short span of 16 years, Affiliate Foods became a major player in the food import and distribution business. And Greg Aziz played a major role in making it happen.
After being part of the growth of Affiliate foods James Aziz decided to pursue a career in the banking and finance world. This was in the 1980’s in New York. It was while working in this field that he was able to be part of a major financial deal. The deal was the purchase of National Steel Car company based in Canada. The company had fallen on hard times, but Greg J Aziz and his team recognized the potential of this company. Reason being that it still had a good design and engineering department. Based on this, he revamped production and by as early as the late 1990’s the company went from making just a few thousand cars a year to 12,000 a year!
With this success, the employment rate also went up from 600 to approximately 3000. In fact, based on its strong engineering and manufacturing department, the company is now the only rail road car maker in North America to receive the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 certification. Greg Aziz and his wife are also committed to supporting various charitable organizations such as the United Way and the Salvation Army.