Gregory James Aziz cuts an imposing figure with a handsome, weathered face, piercing eyes, and striking silver hair swept back in a frame. Whether seen in a three-piece suit or with sleeves rolled up on his trademark white shirt, Greg Aziz embodies leadership. One look is all it takes to tell you that this is a man who knows who he is and where he is going.
Formerly from London, Ontario, he graduated in 1971 with a degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, he into the family business, a wholesale food distributor named Affiliated Foods. With his assistance Affiliated Foods grew quickly. Soon they were bringing in fresh foods from North and South America and even from Europe and had established distribution depots in the United States and Canada.
From food, Aziz moved on to investment banking. One of the deals he oversaw as a banker was the purchase of National Steel Car (NSC), a manufacturer of rail cars owned by steel giant ArcelorMittal Dofasco. Founded in 1912, NSC’s heyday was long past, and Gregory J. Aziz was determined to bring it back.
After arranging additional financing, Aziz increased engineering and manufacturing capacity from 3,500 rail cars a year at purchase, to over 12,500 cars in 2000, and increased employment from 500 employees to 3,000.
National Steel Car has held ISO 9001:2008 certification for 18 years and is the only rail car manufacturer to claim that honor.
Aziz credits the loyalty and commitment of his team members, he refuses to call them employees, for the continued success of NSC. Making sure that his people are also good neighbors, Aziz and his team members contribute generously to local charities and collect food for the poor at Christmas. He, along with his wife Irene, sponsor Canada’s major agricultural events, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
As the industry advances and changes, the research and innovation of NSC team members advances with it. Aziz believes that the keys to success are dedication, innovation, and offering your customers solutions to their problems. Using those keys, Gregory James Aziz, the Chairman, President & CEO of National Steel Car, has built it into one of the world’s premier manufacturers.
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