Gregory Aziz, the Man Behind the Success of National Steel Car

 

Gregory James Aziz is the Chairman, President, and CEO of National Steel Car one of the leading railroad cargo car engineering and manufacturing companies in the world. National Steel Car was founded in 1912 and is located in Hamilton, Ontario. Greg Aziz was born on 30th of April 1949 in London, Ontario. He attended Ridley College and later graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario. He joined his family’s wholesale food business in 1971 growing the company to be one of the major importers of fresh foods from Europe, South and Central America while distributing to all fresh foods major wholesale markets in Eastern Canada and the United States.

 

Greg J. Aziz worked in several investment banks in New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During that period, he saved enough capital to purchase National Steel Car from Dofasco in 1994 with the goal of transforming this great company into North America‚Äôs number one manufacturer of railroad freight car. With the company’s strong engineering capabilities, capital and human investment he was able to transform the manufacturing capability from 3,500 cars to 12,000 cars per year by 1999. The number of employees also grew during the same period from 600 to 3,000 employees.

 

Under Gregory Aziz’s leadership, National Steel Car leads the industry in new car innovations and has built thousands of new railroad freight car each year. It is also the only railroad freight car manufacturing and engineering company in North America. National Steel Car is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has held this honor for over 18 years. The company has also repeatedly been awarded the TTX SECO highest quality award since 1996. Since October 2004, National Steel Car has employed over 900 employees and upgraded technology to increase productivity and safety, thus, contributing to a better environmental footprint for North America. Canpotex, a leading supplier of potash, gave National Steel Car a 70 million-dollar contract to build 700 new railcars specifically designed for transportation of potash over longer distances with reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Canpotex has invested over 500 million dollars in National Steel Car to build over 7000 railcars since 1999. Get More Information Here.

 

National Steel Car has sponsored many local charity organizations as a show of support to the Hamilton community. These organizations include Theatre Aquarius, the United Way, the Hamilton Opera, and the Salvation Army. The company also invite past and present employees together with their families to participate in the major food drive for local food banks and attend the company’s annual Christmas party. Greg and his wife also sponsor the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair which is Canada’s most prominent winter fair.

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