Gregory James Aziz is National Steel Car’s chairman, president, and CEO. The company ranks among the world’s premier railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing firms. It is based in Hamilton, Ontario. National Steel Car
in economics. James Aziz joined Affiliated Foods, his family’s wholesale food business in 1971. The firm grew to become a global importer of fresh foods from Europe, South America, and Central America. The company distributed food products to the major fresh food wholesale markets around the United States and Eastern Canada.
After executing multiple investment banking opportunities in the late 1980s and early 1990s in New York, Greg Aziz succeeded in acquiring National Steel Car from Dofasco in 1994. His goal was to transform the once renowned Canadian firm into a top railroad freight car manufacturer in North America. He focused on the firm’s strong engineering capabilities and team building through significant human and capital investment. Because of these strengths, National Steel Car grew its manufacturing capability from 3,500 cars annually to 12,000 in 1999. Moreover, employment grew from 600 to 3,000 employees in the same period.
Presently, due to its persistent quest for engineering and manufacturing excellence, the company leads the business in new car innovation, as it builds thousands of new railroad freight cars yearly. Additionally, National Steel Car is the only railroad freight car, engineering, and manufacturing company in North America to be certified ISO 9001:2008. The company has been ISO Certified for the last 18 years courtesy of numerous rounds of re-certification. Since 1996, the corporation has always been honored with the TTX SECO highest quality recognition.
Moreover, National Steel Car does not rest on past accomplishments. Their relentless pursuit of excellence along with continued attention to the voice of the clients ensures that they maintain their leadership position in railroad manufacturing in North America. This success has been contributed by the loyalty and support of their customers and the esteemed relationship with suppliers. The remarkable dedication and integrity of more than 2,000 employees who take pride in building the most innovative products have also played a major role in the company’s success.
James Aziz’s National Steel Car has been supporting the Hamilton Community. Over the years, the corporation has sponsored the Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius, the United Way, and many other local charities. Many employees and their children attend the National Steel Car Christmas Party every year and take part in the firm’s major food drive that is distributed to local food banks.