Gregory Aziz: The Man Behind the Success of National Steel Cars

Gregory James Aziz was born on April 30, 1949, in London, a city in Southwestern Ontario. He gained his education from Ridley College and went on to major from University of Western Ontario in economics. After finishing his studies, he joined his family’s wholesale food business called Affiliated Foods in 1971. The company expanded in the next 16 years and began importing fresh foods from all over Europe and South America and distributing them to all the major wholesale markets of fresh foods in the United States and Eastern Canada.



In the 1980s and ’90s, James Aziz invested in a number of banking opportunities and managed to purchase National Steel Car from the company Dofasco in the year 1994. He had a dream of turning the Canadian company which had once been great but had declined in the recent years, into a major railcar manufacturer. He focused on the company’s great engineering capabilities, invested in the human and capital resources and managed to increase its manufacturing numbers from 3,500 cars per year to 12,000 by the year 1999. Employment in the company surged from a mere 600 employees to 3,000.


Gregory J Aziz’s passion and dedication resulted in National Steel Cars leading in the industry of new cars innovation, all the while manufacturing thousands of new railcars every year. National Steel Cars is the only North American railcar manufacturing company which has been certified ISO 9001:2008. The company has been holding this honor through multiple recertification’s for the past 18 years. The company has also received the TTX SECO award consistently in the past decade.



National Steel Car has also been involved in the cultural scene of Hamilton by sponsoring Theater Aquarius and the Hamilton Opera. The company regularly contributes to United Way, the Salvation Army and other charities. A Christmas Party for the thousands of employees of the company, along with their families, is organized every year where they participate in a food drive for various food banks. Greg Aziz and his wife Irene also sponsor the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Canada’s foremost agricultural fair. See This Page to learn more.

Gregory James Aziz is the President, Chairman and CEO of the company. He is the man behind the enormous success of National Steel Cars which is now one of the world’s largest and most successful railcar manufacturing companies in North America. The way the company is headed under his able leadership, it will keep raising the bar on innovative railcar manufacturing in the years to come.

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