Gregory Aziz, the Philanthropic CEO of National Steel Car


Gregory Aziz serves as National Steel Car’s president and CEO. National Steel Car, the only railcar company certified ISO 9001:2008 in North America, is a world-class railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing company based in Hamilton, Ontario. The company has been vibrant and instrumental in its sector and has made an immense contribution. It has experienced massive expansion over the years owing to strong engineering capabilities, human and capital investments, customer loyalty, quality relationships with suppliers and team building.

Born in 1949, Gregory James Aziz attended Ridley College and later joined the University of Western Ontario where he studied economics. After completing his education, Greg joined his family’s business, Affiliated Foods, in 1971. Affiliated Foods specialty was importation and distribution of fresh food from Europe, Central, and South America to major fresh food wholesale markets in the US and parts of Canada.

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s Gregory J Aziz worked in investment banking which gave him the opportunity to organize the acquisition of National Steel Car. He purchased the company in 1994 with the primary aim of transforming it into North America’s top railroad freight car manufacturer. Under the leadership of Greg, National Steel Car has received TTX SECO award for high-quality consistently for over one decade. Additionally, the manufacturing capability of the company increased from 3,500 cars to 12,000 cars per year by 1999 marking a watershed in its history.

Away from business, Greg Aziz is a philanthropic entrepreneur who enjoys giving back to Hamilton’s community. He and his wife Irene sponsor Canada’s most prominent agricultural fair, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In addition, Greg is a major contributor to the Salvation Army, Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius and the United Way among others. The National Steel Car appreciates their employees by giving them an opportunity to participate in the company’s major food drive for local food banks and the company’s annual Christmas Party. At the time of acquisition, the company had 600 employees and this expanded to 3000 by 1999. Go Here for additional info.

 

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