One of North America’s largest railroad car manufacturers, National Steel Car of Hamilton, Ontario, has been among Canada’s top three rolling stock companies for some 100 years – but this venerable company never reached truly spectacular heights until it was purchased by Gregory James Aziz in 1994.
Greg Aziz is the current CEO and Chairman of National Steel Car – a robust company that was building a respectable 3,500 cars per year in 1994, but then soared to a production rate of 12,000 cars by 1999 after Mr. Aziz took control. Employment at the company grew from 600 to 3,000 good paying jobs.
Tripling the rate of manufacturing for a train car operation is not what you might expect from a man who got his start in the wholesale food business. Affiliated Foods was the business of Greg Aziz’s family, which he joined in 1971 after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Economics. During his 16 years with Affiliated Foods, Mr. Aziz helped transform a small family operation to one of Canada’s premier food distribution businesses.
Moving on from Affiliated Foods, Greg J. Aziz plunged into the world of banking in New York City, perhaps the world’s best training ground for building business skills, mastering the art of financing and discovering new ways to grease the wheels of industry. It was train wheel that Greg Aziz decided to lubricate when he arranged for purchase of National Steel car from Dofasco in 1994.
To energize what was already an established, steady company into a true manufacturing powerhouse, Greg Aziz focused on strong engineering capabilities, team-building, human resource management and capital investment to inject new life into a company that had been chugging along since 1912. Today, the results speak for themselves.
Beyond generating jobs and building the highest quality train cars in the world, National Steel Car is the only railroad freight ca company in north America that is certified as ISO 9001:2008, and remarkably, has managed to maintain this honor for 18 years straight. Mr. Aziz’s company has also been given the distinction of maintaining the TTX SECO highest quality award since 1996 – again, an amazing achievement not easily accomplished in any industry.
Gregory J. Aziz has long been generous with spreading the success of his company to his Hamilton community where he provides generous support for numerous charitable organizations. Go To This Page for more information.