A native of London, Ontario, Gregory James Aziz received his education from Ridley College and the University of Western Ontario. He has an extensive business resume, beginning with his work with Affiliated Foods, a wholesale food company owned by his family. Over a 16 year period, Affiliated became a major distributor and importer of fresh foods.
In the 80’s and 90’s, Greg Aziz worked in a variety of banking ventures in New York. By 1994 he had become the owner of National Industries Inc. in Hamilton, and he bought National Steel Car., a manufacturer of freight and tank cars that was created in 1912.. By 1999, the company had increased its production of cars to 12,000 per year, an increase of nearly 8500 since the time of purchase. National Steel Car has an ISO certification of 9001:2008, the only freight car manufacturer in North America to have this rating. They have also received the award from TTX SECO for highest quality every year for the past eleven years. See This Page.
Gregory J. Aziz credits the success of National Steel Car through their innovations in manufacturing and engineering, listening to customers and suppliers, being focused on quality, teamwork, and maintaining tradition. As the Chairman and CEO, Mr. Aziz has led the company to become the premier manufacturer of freight and tank cars in North America. National Steel Car is also committed to greater energy efficiency in its business and has teamed up with Horizon Utilities to find better ways of conserving power and reducing costs.
The company believes in giving back to the community of Hamilton and has been a major sponsor of the Salvation Army, the Hamilton Opera, the Wayside House, the United Way, and Theatre Aquarius. Food banks in the city benefit each year from the food drive that National Steel Car employees sponsor. Current and former employees of the company also look forward to the Christmas Party that is put on every year.
One of the main agricultural fairs in Canada, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, is sponsored by Gregory Aziz, and his wife Irene. They are also sponsors of the Angelstone Tournaments, an annual Canadian equestrian event.