Gregory James Aziz, Chairman, CEO, and President of National Steel Car (NSC) was born on 30 April 1949 in Ontario. He went to school at Ridley College and later at the University of Western Ontario where he studied economics. Greg Aziz worked at Affiliated Foods, the family business from 1971, and the company expanded to be a global importer of fresh foods from South and Central America as well as Europe. It distributed products to leading fresh food wholesale markets all over the United States and eastern Canada.
James Aziz worked in various banking opportunities in New York during the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1994, he purchased NSC from Dofasco aiming to transform the once great Canadian firm into a leading railroad freight car manufacturer in North America. Aziz focused on the team-building and excellent engineering capabilities of the company and invested heavily in capital and human assets. Through his efforts, he was able to grow its production capacity from 3,500 annually to 12,000 by the year 1999. James also increased the staff number from 600 to about 3,000. Click Here to learn more.
Currently, National Steel Car tops the industry in new vehicle innovation and builds thousands of new railroad freight cars every year. The business has pursued engineering and manufacturing excellence to become the only railroad freight car manufacturer in North America to be engineering and manufacturing company ISO 9001:2008 certified. For the last 18 years, through many rounds of recertification, it has held this honor. Also since 1996, the firm has been honored consistently with TTX SECO highest quality award.
National Steel Car is committed to philanthropic efforts and has sponsored many charities including the United Way, Salvation Army, and Hamilton Opera among many others. Both past and present employees, along with their children, attend National Steel Car Christmas Party every year and participate in the firm’s primary food drive for Hamilton’s food banks. Gregory J Aziz is passionate about charity, and his wife, Irene, they sponsor the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which is the most prominent agricultural fair in Canada.
The company is trusted by major client’s including Canpotex which selected National Steel Car to manufacture 700 railcars designed to transport potash to coastal ports. Canpotex has invested more than $500 million in National Steel Car since 1999 and its President, Steve Dechka noted that it could only defend its 43-year reputation of reliability using NSC’s railcars.