Gregory James Aziz is a businessman of many hats. He is the Chairman, CEO, and President of National Steel Car. The company is one of the top railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing companies in the world. Though he began in the food wholesale industry, Gregory J Aziz is responsible for growing National Steel Car into the engineering giant it is today.
Born a resident of Ontario, Greg Aziz attended Ridley college before continuing his academic career at the University of Western Ontario with a degree in economics. His family had a wholesale food industry, and he joined them in 1971. He helped to grow this company tremendously into an international company before moving on to investment banking in New York. In 1994, Gregory James Aziz organized the buyout of National Steel Car. When purchasing this company, he had the sole goal to grow it and make it the foremost sought after company for freight engineering and manufacturing. At the time Greg Aziz bought the company, they were manufacturing approximately 3,500 freight cars a year. Due to extreme personal and financial investment, however, the company grew tremendously and in just five short years began manufacturing 12,000 freight cars a year. This also led to an enormous increase in employment, from 600-3,000 employees in the same span of time.
Under Gregory James Aziz, National Steel Car has not only been focused on growth, but they have been focused on quality. For the past decade they have been honored with the highest quality award from the TTX SECO. For almost two decades they have been the only freight car manufacturing company to be consistently re-certified ISO 9001:2008.
Despite these achievements, however, Greg Aziz is still looking forward. He claims that the company will not rely on past achievements, and it is his aim to continue pushing and growing the company farther. In addition to this, Gregory James Aziz is an active philanthropist. The company supports numerous local charities and employees participate in a local food drive every year during the holidays to benefit local food pantries. Greg Aziz and his wife are also active supporters of Canada’s agriculture fair, the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair.
The unprecedented growth National Steel Car has seen since Greg Aziz took over operations over two decades ago speaks to his expertise and leadership abilities. He is certainly growing a titan company and now slowing down now.