Gregory J. Aziz is the CEO and the Chairman of National Steel Car Inc. one of the world’s leading railroad freight car manufacturing and engineering companies located in Ontario, Canada. He was born in Ontario on April 30th, 1949 and attended the University of Western Ontario graduating with a degree in economics. In 1971, he joined his family wholesale food business, Affiliated Foods, and helped it grow into an international importer of fresh foods from Europe, Central, and South America distributing it to major fresh foods wholesale markets across Eastern Canada and the US.
Gregory J Aziz worked in several investment banks in New York in the late 1980s and later got enough capital to purchase National Steel Car from Dofasco in 1994. His vision was to transform this company into North America’s leading railroad cargo car manufacturers. Today, it’s North America’s only railroad cargo car manufacturing and engineering company, building thousands of new railroad freight cars each year. Under his leadership, the company grew increasing the number of employees from 600 to 3000. It also improved its manufacturing capabilities from 3,500 cars to 12,000 cars per year by 1999. The company has been certified with ISO 9001:2008 honor for the past 18 years consecutively. It has also been awarded the TTX SECO highest quality award since 1996.
National Steel Car has hired over 900 new employees since 2004 and made considerable investments in plant equipment through upgrading the technology which in turn increase efficiency, safety and contribute to a better environmental footprint for North America. With New safety regulations put in place in 2015, National Steel Cars started manufacturing best-in-class railroad freight cars with additional capacity to meet these regulations.
Canpotex, a leading offshore potash marketing and export company, has invested over 500 million dollars in National steel car for the manufacture of over 7,000railcars since 1999. Canpotex recently gave National Steel Cars a contract to manufacture 700 new railcars spending 70 million dollars. Greg Aziz stated that this investment will help employ 400 to 2,400 people in the company and sustain them for at least 7 months.
Under Greg Aziz’s leadership, National Steel Car has donated millions of dollars to several local charities such as Theatre Aquarius, The United Way, The Salvation Army and the Theatre Aquarius. Greg J. Aziz and his wife Irene are sponsors of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, one of the leading agricultural fair in Canada. National Steel Car holds Christmas party each year, inviting past and present employees to come and take part in the company’s food drive for local food banks. Read This Article for additional information