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.