Gregory James Aziz has been the CEO, President, and Chairman of National Steel Car for over 20 years. Aziz also serves as the CEO and chairman of National Industries, Inc. National Steel Car is a subordinate company of National Industries. In 1994, he purchased National Steel Car from Dofasco. Aziz was born on April 30, 1949 in London, Ontario. He studied economics at the University of Western Ontario. Before attending the University of Western Ontario, Aziz went to Ridley College.
Greg’s family owned a business, Affiliated Foods. So, he became part of his family’s business in 1971. Within 60 years, Affiliated Foods imported fresh foods from Europe, Central, and South America. This imports were distributed to every big fresh food wholesale market in the U.S. and Eastern Canada. Throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s, Gregory Aziz has held various roles in investment banking.
National Steel Car, a previously great company in Canada, turned into one of the world’s top railroad freight car manufacturers. The headquarters of National Steel Car are in Hamilton, Ontario. The company was established in 1912. The original name of the National Steel Car company was Imperial Car Company. Greg J Aziz placed emphasis on the use of financial and human resources, engineering strengths and group formation so he could meet the production goals for his company. For example, he increased the number of employees from 600 to 3,000. Also, production went up from 3,500 cars to 12,000 cars annually. National Steel Car is the potash car supplier for Canpotex. Since 1996, National Steel Car has received the TTX SECO highest quality award. National Steel Car is the only railroad freight car manufacturer in North America with the ISO 9001: 2008 certification. Customer loyalty is the focus of National Steel Car as it is committed to building relationships.
National Steel Car has been a sponsor for Theatre Aquarius, the Hamilton Opera, the United Way, the Salvation Army, and many other charities within the Hamilton community. It hold a food drive and a Christmas party each year. Greg along with his wife Irene support the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the most famous agricultural fair in Canada.