MEET GREGORY AZIZ PRESIDENT OF LEADING FREIGHT CARS MANUFACTURERS
In Hamilton Ontario, lies one of the world’s leading railroad freight cars manufacturing company which has been in existence for over a century. National Steel Car was founded in 1912 and has since grown to be a reputable organization committed to manufacturing quality freight cars. Their cars are known to meet the changing needs of the customers in this revolutionary era.
The company has seen indisputable growth under the leadership of Gregory James Aziz. James Aziz has been the Chairman, President as well as the Chief Executive Officer of National Steel Company since 1994 when he purchased the company from Dofasco. His main aim of purchasing the company was to transform it into a leading railroad freight car manufacturer not just in Canada but in the whole of North America.
After purchasing the company, Greg Aziz put a lot emphasis on the company’s strong engineering capacity, invested more on team building, human labor and capital which led to a great turnover. In a span of five years, the company had expanded its manufacturing capability from 3,500 cars to 12,000 cars annually. The employment also increased from 600 to around 3,000. The company now prides itself in being the only railroad freight car manufacturing and engineering company in North America that is ISO 9001:2008 certified for the last 18 years.
Under the leadership of Greg James Aziz, National Steel Car has also been honored with the TTX SECO highest quality award since 1996 consistently.
Before owning the company, Gregory J Aziz worked with his family food business that later became worldwide fresh foods imported from Europe, South and Central America. They distributed fresh foods to major wholesale markets across Eastern Canada and the United States. Greg Aziz also worked with several banks in New York until the early 1990s.
Greg James Aziz was born in 1949 in London Ontario and studied at Ridley College before joining the University of Western Ontario to pursue economics. Apart from being a leading business, his company continues to impact the lives of many. National Steel Company has sponsored various charities such as the United Way, the Salvation Army, and the Hamilton Opera.
Their current and ex-employees together with their families also attend the Steel Car Christmas party every year. Greg James Aziz together with his wife also sponsors the most prominent agricultural fair in Canada- Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.