On April 30, 1949 in London, Ontario, Gregory James Aziz made his way into the world. He attended to Ridley College before going on to major in economics at the University of Western Ontario. In 1971, he went to work for his family’s wholesale food business, Affiliated Foods. In the late 1980’s until the early 1990’s, Greg Aziz worked at several different investment banking companies in New York. In 1994, he bought National Steel Car from Dofasco, where he now serves as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Aziz wanted to make changes to make it North America’s leading freight car manufacturer. It is now one of the top engineering and manufacturing companies of railroad cars in the world.
National Steel Car has its corporate headquarters in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada. It was originally founded in 1912 and is the only North American railroad company that is certified ISO 9001:2015. When Gregory J Aziz purchased the company in 1994, it was making 3,500 cars a year. This number was increased to 12,000 cars per year by 1999. During this same time, employment increased from 600 to nearly 3,000 employees! Under Aziz’s leadership, they now lead the industry in new car innovation. View More Information Here.
National Steel Car has a reputation for being the top manufacturer of railroad cars in North America. Every railroad car meets or exceeds all of the AAR requirements. They have won the TTX SECO award every year since 1996. By focusing on customer loyalty, they have built a strong foundation of trust and understanding. They are constantly challenging themselves to raise the bar by focusing on their strengths while still remaining true to their core values.
National Steel Car strongly believes in supporting local charities. Over the years they have sponsored Theater Aquarius, which is the leading theater in Canada. They have also sponsored the United Way, the Hamilton Opera, the Salvation army and many more. Thousands of both past and present employees gather together every year at the annual Christmas party to participate in a major food drive for local food banks.
In addition to this, Gregory J Aziz and his wife Irene are sponsors of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which is the largest agricultural fair in Canada.