Gregory James Aziz has a career with National Steel Car as their President, CEO, and Chairman. The company is a world leader in the manufacturing of railroad freight cars of the highest quality and is based in Hamilton, Ontario. Greg James Aziz was born on April 30th of 1949 in London, Ontario. He received his education at Ridley College before attending the University of Western Ontario with an economics major. His family had a wholesale food business called Affiliated Foods and he joined the business in 1971. Over sixteen years the company saw a lot of growth and began importing fresh foods all over the world including Central and South America and Europe. Their food distribution covers wholesale fresh food markets all over Eastern Canada and the United States.
Late in the 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, Gregory J Aziz pursued opportunities in banking in New York. He was responsible for the organization required for National Steel Car being purchased from Dofasco in 1994. The company was once great throughout Canada and he wanted to transform it into the leading manufacturer for railroad freight cars within North America. He began with an emphasis on the team building necessary to build cars strong in their engineering capabilities. This took a lot of capital and human investments but he successfully expanded the manufacturing capacity of the company. When the company was purchased their capacity was 3,500 cars each year. By 1999 this number had increased to 12,000. This resulted in an increase of employees from 600 to approximately 3,000.
James Aziz dedicated himself to excellence in manufacturing and engineering high quality freight cars with National Steel Car. They are the leader in innovations in their industry and thousands of new freight cars are constructed every year. The company has held the honor of being the only rail freight car producer in North America certified as ISO 9001:2008. They have had this certification for eighteen years and been the recipient of awards since 1996. The company is committed to their community in Hamilton and sponsors many local charities including the Hamilton Opera and the Salvation Opera. National Steel Car has a Christmas party every year attended by past and present employees and their children. They additionally participate in the major food drive sponsored by the company to benefit the local food banks. Gregory James Aziz along with his wife Irene sponsor the Winter Fair in Canada.