Gregory James Aziz is National Steel Car’s chief executive officer and Chairman. National Steel Car is a company whose core business is the construction of railroad transport. It is, actually, the largest railroad freight engineering company in North America.
James Aziz was born in Ontario, London, on April 30, 1949. After he finished his high school diploma, he joined the Ridley College where he did his undergrad and later majored in Economics at the University of Western Ontario. After clearing his studies, Greg joined the family business, Affiliated Foods, in 1971. The business dealt with the sale of whole sale foods. After several years, in the late 1980’s, Greg James moved to New York, where he went into the investment banking industry and took on any job opportunity that came his way.
In 1994, Greg Aziz managed to secure the purchase of National Steel Car from its Canadian owners, Dofasco. His was looking to transform National Steel Car into one of North American’s leading railroad freight car manufacturers.
One of the strengths that Greg saw in National Steel Car was that it had great engineering capabilities, and he capitalized on this to bring his vision for the company into being. By 1999, Greg had five times the number of staff he had when he started out. He also increased his capital investment in the company and expanded its manufacturing capacity from 3,500 to 12,000 annually. Even with the increased production, the company has been able to maintain the quality of its products and has, over the years, proven to be innovative, diverse and dynamic.
The company is now the only railroad freight cars manufacturing and engineering company in North America. In 1994, it received its ISO certification and has been able to be recertified every year since. The company has been awarded severally, for instance, it has received the TTX SECO award since 1996.
Apart from being an exceptional businessman, James Aziz is kind-hearted. Having been born and raised in Ontario, he has always wanted to give back to his community. Through his company, Greg sponsors various non-profit organizations, for example, the Salvation Army, the Hamilton Opera, the Hamilton Theatre Aquarius, among others. Click Here For More Info.
Greg values his staff members, both current and retired. Every year, he invites all his staff and their families to the NSC Christmas Party and also involves them in his annual food drives. His kindness doesn’t stop there. Together with his lovely wife, Greg sponsors the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Canada.