Gregory James Aziz is National Steel Car’s chairman, president and CEO. The Hamilton, Ontario-based company is a world leader in railroad freight car manufacturing. A London, Ontario native, Aziz attended the University of Western Ontario and earned a degree in economics. In 1971 he went to work for Affiliated Foods, a wholesale food company owned by his family. By 1987, the company was a worldwide importer offering major wholesale fresh food markets throughout the U.S. and Eastern Canada fresh food from South and Central America and Europe.
From the late 1980s through early 1990s, Greg Aziz was in New York looking at investment banking opportunities. In 1994 he purchased National Steel Car. His goal was to create the top railroad freight car manufacturer in North America out of the formally great Canadian company. Gregory J. Aziz emphasized strong engineering capabilities and team building at National Steel Car. He hired 2,400 workers and by 1999 had increased annual production from 3,500 cars to 12,000. The company’s innovation, engineering and manufacturing excellence led to its railroad cars being voted the highest quality in North America 18 years in a row. Read This Page.
Gregory James Aziz is committed to the community in Hamilton, Ontario. As the company’s fortunes soared, he has given generously to the community. National Steel Car sponsors a wide variety of social and charitable organizations. They include the Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius, the Salvation Army, the United Way and many other local charities. Each year thousands of past and present National Steel Car employees attend the company’s Christmas Party. The employees also participate in major food drives organized by National Steel Car for local food banks.
Greg Aziz and Irene, his wife, are Royal Agricultural Winter Fair sponsors. It’s the most prominent agricultural fair in Canada. For over 23 years Gregory James Aziz has done his best to transform National Steel Car into a company with a reputation for producing the highest quality, most innovative railroad freight car in North America. Not only has he succeeded, he has done his best to help improve the quality of life for people in Hamilton as well.
Aziz and National Steel Car’s success is a direct result of his vision, understanding of business administration, attention to detail and commitment to his staff, his company and the community. Today he’s among Ontario Canada’s most successful business executives. One that made his lofty corporate vision a reality.