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A Review Of Gregory Aziz’s Transformative Leadership At The National Steel Car

Greg James Aziz is the National Steel Car’s chairperson, president and chief executive officer. The corporation is among the world’s leading railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing firms. It is based in Hamilton, Ontario. Gregory J Aziz was born in London, Ontario. He is an alumnus of Ridley College. Moreover, the he proceeded to major in economics at the revered University of Western Ontario.


In 1971, Greg Aziz joined his family business, Affiliate Foods. The corporation focused on providing wholesale food services. Today, Affiliated Foods ranks as one of the leading fresh foods importer from around the world. The firm imported foods from Europe as well as Central and South America. It also distributed foods to major food wholesale markets in the United States and Eastern Canada.


In the 80s and 90s, James Aziz rendered his services in the investment banking industry in New York. In 1994 he arranged for the acquisition of the National Steel Car from Dofasco. Aziz purchased the firm with the objective of transforming the once incredible Canadian corporation into the leading railroad freight car manufacturer, particularly in North America. With a focus on the firm’s robust engineering capabilities and a significant human and capital investment, the National Steel Car managed to expand its manufacturing capability. Additionally, the number of its staff grew. In 1994, the company produced 3,500 cars. By 1999, it was manufacturing 12,000 cars. Within the same time, the number of employees rose from 600 to 3,000.


Today, the company ranks as one of the successful in the competitive industry. This success is anchored on its nonstop pursuit of engineering and manufacturing excellence. It leads the industry in terms of innovation, as it manufactures thousands of new railroad freight cars every year. In addition, it is the only railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing firm to be certified ISO 900I:2008. Courtesy of re-certification, the corporation has been able to maintain this status for the last 18 years. Since 1996, the National Steel Car has been the recipient of the esteemed TTX SECO highest quality award. Learn more here.


Over the years, Gregory J. Aziz’s company has engaged in different community initiatives in Hamilton. It has sponsored the Salvation Army, the Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius, the United Way, and many other local charities. Both former and current employees and their families continue to attend the company’s Christmas Party each year. They also take part in National Steel Car’s food drive, which is meant for the local food banks. In addition, Gregory Aziz and his wife, Irene, are the sponsors of the renowned agricultural fair in Canada, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.