Gregory Aziz is a native Canadian born in London, Ontario in 1949. He went on to study economics at Ridley College at the University of Western Ontario. His first professional position was in his family’s business, Affiliated Foods. Upon his initial employment, Affiliated Foods was a regional distributor and by the time he left in the 1980’s, had grown to serve customers worldwide. Its main customers being the United States and Eastern Canada.
After a short stint in banking while living in New York, he took the position of Chairman and CEO of National Steel Car in 1994. Upon taking the helm at National Steel Car, he has restructured the company to take it from just another rail car maker to be the number one North American rail car manufacturer.
National Steel Car, a subsidiary of National Industries Inc., made only 350 rail cars in a year before Aziz became CEO. After he began his tenure there, the company began restructuring itself to produce more rail cars. As of 1999, NSC has produced 12,000 rail cars per year. They have added to their production staff, going from 600 workers to 3,000.
Gregory Aziz has piloted National Steel Car (NSC) now for twenty-four years. In that time frame, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada has been home to NSC. Its employees overwhelmingly reside in Hamilton. Gregory James Aziz and NSC take those facts very seriously, consequently, NSC invests heavily in the community. It gives a special Christmas party annually that company employees and their children look forward to attending. NSC supports the arts in Hamilton, donating to Theatre Aquarius where drams, musicals and concerts are regularly performed and the Hamilton Opera. The company is also very generous to local charities offering consistent support for the United Way, the Salvation Army and others. They also help keep local food banks stocked with goods. Mr. and Mrs. Aziz are sponsors of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair that takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in November annually.
Gregory Aziz works hard to ensure NSC is seen by everyone as a value-driven company, that produces an excellent product and has unparalleled customer service. As the North American leader of rail car engineering and manufacturing, NSC is poised to continue in that leadership role now that it is well capitalized, properly staffed and has worked so hard to capture and maintain an unprecedented reputation. See Related Link to learn more.