Gregory Aziz: The Visionary Leader of the Railroad Fright Engineering Industry

Gregory James Aziz, the CEO and Chairman of National Steel Car, is known as a visionary leader of the railroad engineering industry. His firm is a leading freight car engineering and developing companies in the world. The Ontario-based firm has more than 100 years of experience in providing high-quality manufacturing and engineering services, and Greg Aziz helped it to innovate and retain its leading position in the industry.

He purchased the company from Dofasco in the year 1994 and converted it as the leading manufacturer of railroad freight cars in North America. By effectively utilizing the team-building, robust engineering capabilities, and with capital and human investment, the company achieved 12,000 cars a year from the initial count of 3,500 by the year 1999. Also, the number of employees of the company rose from 600 to over 3,000 during the period.

Under the leadership of James Aziz, National Steel Car became the only railroad freight car manufacturer in North America with ISO 9001:2008 quality certification. Interestingly, the company is holding the certification for last 18 years and recertified multiple times in the past. It has also accredited by TTX SECO – the highest quality award – consistently since 1996. Gregory helps the firm for new car innovation, framing the business strategies of the company keeping its mission forward, and supervising the operations of the company including its expansion plans.

Greg is really aware of the brand value of the company, and the firm has sponsored a number of events in Hamilton – the home city of National Steel Car. It sponsored the Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius, the United Way, and many other charity programs. Aziz considers all the employees of the company as his family members, and every year, National Steel Car conducts Christmas Party and participates in various food drives.

Greg started his career with Affiliated Foods, his family food business, in 1971. In the next couple of decades, the company displayed excellent growth under the leadership of Gregory and became an importer of fresh foods from across the world including South America, Central America, and Europe. It also established distribution network across all the major whole sale food markets in Canada and the United States.

James Aziz also worked with a number of New York-based investment banks in the late 80s and early 90s before acquiring National Steel Car. Gregory completed his graduation from the University of Western Ontario in Economics before starting his career with the family business.