Gregory James Aziz the President and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of National Steel Car has not always been in the car business. He has however been involved in the business world since his birth on April 30, 1949. Born in London, Ontario Aziz quickly joined his family in the wholesale food business, Affiliated Foods. With his help the company was able to grow over 16 years to become a fresh food importer worldwide for Europe, Eastern Canada, the United States, Central, and South America. The company distributed to all the major fresh food wholesale markets. Aziz’s time with Affiliated Foods was able to help him develop a business mind and learn how to run a successful company.
He would then move onto working in banking investment opportunities in New York for about 5 years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Greg James Aziz would get his fame when he organized the purchase of his National Steel Car company in 1994. His first goal after obtaining the company was to transform the once great Canadian company into a North American powerhouse: the leading railroad freight car manufacturer. The company was quickly transformed under Aziz’s leadership going from 3,500 cars per year to 12,000 cars per year in just 5 years.
Aziz was also able to increase employment opportunities creating 2,400 new jobs. Thanks to the tireless work of Aziz, National Steel Car is one of the leaders in its industry. They lead in new car innovations, building thousands of new railroad freight cars a year. With Aziz at the head of the company, National Steel Car has become more committed and involved in its community, sponsoring local businesses and charities.
The company became more like a family under James Aziz with both present and past employees with their families attending the National Steel Car Christmas party every year and taking part in the company’s major local food drive. Today Gregory J Aziz and his wife Irene are happily married and reside in Hamilton, Ontario. He continues to lead his company, employees, and community with pride and joy for his work.