The world knows very little about the fascinating Mr. Gregory J Aziz, the President, Chairman, and CEO of National Steel Car, a leader in railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing. While the company has been in existence for over 100 years, Greg Aziz, an economics graduate of Western University, has more recently taken the helm in 1994 to provide exceptional railcars for the world’s train use.
Gregory James Aziz was born in 1949 in London, Ontario. After gaining his education at Ridley College and moving on to graduate with an economics degree from University of Western Ontario he joined his family in their wholesale food company in 1971. It was called Affiliated Foods and in its 16 years of business became a global importer of fresh foods to all of the United States and Eastern Canada.
In the late 80’s through early 90’s, Greg Aziz relocated to New York and began working on a variety of investment banking opportunities. This brilliant career move allowed him to raise funds to purchase National Steel Car from Dofasco by the year 1994. He knew from the onset that he wanted to restore the once great Canadian company to its previous glory and transform it into the world’s foremost railroad freight car maker.
Using his remarkable business acumen, Gregory Aziz increased the businesses already strong engineering proficiencies, incredible team-building skills, and the substantial capital and human investments to enlarge its manufacturing abilities from 3,500 freight cars a year to 12,000 freight cars by 1999, a short five years from the time of purchase. Even more amazing, employment shot from 600 people to over 3,000.
Much in thanks to Gregory James Aziz and his remarkable business intuition, National Steel Car is the leader in all of North America in new freight car innovation and manufacturing year after year. It is the only company of its kind to be certified ISO 9001:2008. It has held this honor for more than 18 years. It has also won the TTX SECO highest quality award consistently since 1996. One thing is for certain. Mr. Gregory Aziz has found his calling and the world of freight cars is better and safer for it.