- February 15, 2018
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Being at the helm of a company that is one of the leading railway car manufacturers in North America can make one very busy indeed. But being busy is one of the things that Gregory James Aziz is used to early on. Having chosen the field of economics as his major in college, in a world that is hell bent on development and progress, this remarkable man could not have been more “at home.” Gregory J Aziz was born and raised in London, Ontario on April 30, 1949. He did his undergraduate studies at Ridley College and later on went to the University of Western Ontario to major in economics.
After his studies, Greg James Aziz joined Affiliated Foods, the family’s wholesale food business, in 1971. Perhaps he is the lucky star that helped his family’s food business to grow over the next 16 years to be one of the leading worldwide importers of fresh foods from South America and Europe. Affiliated Foods also maintained distribution centers all over the United States where it supplies its imported products in all of its big wholesale markets of fresh foods.
Starting in the late 1980s, Greg Aziz focused his talents and efforts in a completely different line of business, that of investment banking. He first worked with several companies in this industry in New York up to the early 1990s. It was in 1994 that he got himself involved in the acquisition of National Steel Car, one of the major rail car manufacturing companies in North America. Dofasco, the former owner and operator of NSC sold the 3,500 cars-per-year company to the organization that James Aziz worked for.
Five years later in 1999, the railway car manufacturer was able to increase its production of railway cars to 12,000 cars per year. The original goal of the purchase is to transform the ailing railroad car manufacturing company into the leading manufacturer in North America. As Chairman, President and CEO of the company, Greg Aziz has accomplished this feat. The number of employees that support this massive production effort also grew from a mere 600 to around 3,000.
National Steel Car now has more than 100 years in railway car freight manufacturing experience thereby earning the distinction of being one of North America’s major tank and freight car manufacturers. The company is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has been a consistent recipient of the TTX SECO award for more than 10 years. See This Page for more information.
- February 9, 2018
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Greg Aziz is a Canadian businessman who is from London, Ontario. He is a graduate of Ridley College and the University of Western Ontario, the latter at which he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. Once he graduated he joined his family’s business. This was a wholesale fresh food company that imported food from all over the world. They then sold this food in bulk to wholesale markets both in Canada and America. He worked for this company from 1971 to 1987.
New York City was the next stop for Gregory James Aziz. He became an investment banker on Wall Street. It was while he was researching different investment opportunities that he came across a Canadian firm called National Steel Car Limited. At the time it was owned by another company, Dofasco. Dofasco had let National Steel Car languish and lose market share in the railroad industry for a number of years. Gregory J Aziz was intrigued by the company and thought he could restore it to the greatness it once had. As a result, he bought National Steel Car, moved to Hamilton, Ontario, and took over as the chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer. Go To This Page for additional information.
Over the next five years, Greg Aziz greatly expanded operations at National Steel Car. HE quadrupled the number of railroad cars they manufactured each year. He also went on a hiring spree, increasing the employee headcount to 3,000 from just 600 five years prior. Under his stewardship, National Steel Car became the only company in the industry to be certified ISO 9001:2008, a certification they have held for almost 20 years. It was also granted the TTX SECO award for 13 years in a row.
By investing in his company over the year, National Steel Car has been successful in the industry. Their railroad cars are designed in-house, and his factory uses cutting-edge technology to build them. Beyond his company, Gregory J Aziz also invests in the broader community by being a philanthropist. He often holds food drives at National Steel Car, for instance, which is delivered to food banks in and around Hamilton. There are two cultural institutions in Hamilton that he has also been a long-time sponsor of, which are the Hamilton Opera and the Theater Aquarius. Additionally, he gives money to other local and national charities.