Gregory J. Aziz is a prominent Canadian businessman based in Hamilton, Ontario. He serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Steel Car, North America’s leading railroad freight car manufacturer.
Gregory James Aziz was born on April 30, 1949 in London, Ontario. After attending Ridley College in Catharines, ON, he enrolled at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON where he earned a degree in economics.
Aziz’s career began with his family wholesale food business, Affiliated Foods, in 1971. In the 1980s and early 1990s he worked in investment banking in New York. In 1994 Greg Aziz arranged the purchase of National Steel Car from Dofasco with the goal of reviving the Canadian company’s status as a leader in railroad manufacturing.
Since it was founded in 1912, National Steel Car has served as a reputable designer and manufacturer of freight cars for the railroad industry. While the company has a history of responsiveness to the changing demands of the industry, Gregory Aziz’s leadership elevated the company to new heights in the face of the technology age. Get More Information Here.
Under Aziz’s tutelage, National Steel Car made sizable investments in the company’s people and processes. The result was a more than threefold increase in manufacturing capability within the first 5 years under Greg Aziz. In the same period Aziz and National Steel Car added over 2,000 jobs to the Canadian economy. Today, National Steel Car continues to thrive under Aziz, with ISO 9001:2008 certification and best in class industry quality recognition from TTX SECO.
In addition to the expanding the business of National Steel Car, Aziz has grown the company’s presence in the community as well. He and his wife personally sponsor Canada’s preeminent agricultural fair – the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – and he has made similar charitable investments a part of National Steel Car’s culture. National Steel Car has supported Theatre Aquarius, the Hamilton Opera, the United Way, the Salvation Army and other Hamilton-based community charities. National Steel Car employees are also encouraged to give back, and participate each year in a company-wide food drive for local food banks.
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