Gregory Aziz: Innovator, Business Mogul, & Philanthropist

 

Being the CEO and President of National Steel Car, Gregory James Aziz’s leadership has led National Steel Car to become one of the world’s leading companies in leading railroad freight car manufacturing and engineering. Before taking over the company, he worked in his family whole food business and pursued his education.

More on His Beginnings

 

Greg Aziz was born on April 30, 1949, in London, Ontario. He received his education from Ridley College. Afterwards, he attended the University of Western Ontario with a major in economics.

 

As mentioned before, Gregory J Aziz entered his family’s whole food business called Affiliated Foods. He joined them in 1971. For more than 16 years, his family’s company grew into a global fresh foods’ importer from South America, Central America, and Europe in which distribution is made to huge major fresh food wholesale markets within Eastern Canada and the United States.

National Steel Car

 

By 1994, Gregory J Aziz was able to purchase National Steel Car from Dofasco after working on many New York investment opportunities from the late 1980s to the early 199s. And as a result, the company, which is located in Hamilton, Ontario, expanded from 3,500 cars annually when he purchased the company to 12,000 cars in 1999. Aziz was able to accomplish this by emphasizing the company’s strong team building, considerable capital and human investment, and engineering capabilities. Also, manpower grew from around 600 to 3,000 over the same period.

 

Today, National Steel Car is leading the industry with new car innovation. They are the only railroad freight car, and manufacturing and engineering company in North America with the certified ISO 9001:2008. They have been honored with this for 18 years now throughout several recertification rounds. Also, this company has been continually honored since 1996 with the TTX SECO highest quality award. See Related Info On This Page.

 

Aziz & His Company’s Philanthropic Efforts

 

National Steel Car has shown continual commitment to the Hamilton community. They have sponsored the Hamilton Opera, the Theatre Aquarius, the Salvation Army, the United Way, and more local charities. Even thousands of their past and present employees, along with their children, attend the National Steel Car yearly Christmas Party and participate in their major food drive for Hamilton’s local food banks. Additionally, Aziz and Irene, his wife, sponsor the most prominent agricultural fair called the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

 

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