Gregory James Aziz who is also known as Greg Aziz is the chairman, president and CEO of National Steel Car since 1994. National Steel Car deals with railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing. It is situated in Hamilton, Ontario and was founded in 1912. National Steel Car has designed and manufactured freight cars which have met the needs of its customers since it started. National Steel Car has had excellence for more than a century in engineering and manufacturing. Its excellence has enabled it to earn a reputation.
Gregory James was born on 1949 April 30th. He went to Ridley College and later on to University of Western Ontario where he majored in economics. In 1971 he joined his family business. Greg Aziz was bought National Steel Car from Dofasco in 1994. Gregory James Aziz aimed to transform it to the leading railroad freight manufacturer in North America. The company increased its ability to manufacture from 3500 cars yearly in 1994 to 12000 cars in 1999 courtesy of its team-building, great engineering abilities and human and capital investment. Its workforce also increased from 600 to 3000 in the same period. Today National Steel Car is more dynamic and innovative.
Due to National Steel Car’s persistence in its pursuit of excellence in engineering and manufacturing, it leads the industry in the innovation of new cars. It was certified ISO9001:2008 as the only railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing company in North America. It has held the honor for the past 18 years through several recertification rounds. For over a decade it has been awarded the annual TTX SECO. It is also trusted by its customers to manufacture railcars of the highest quality. Due to its reputation, Canpotex selected it to construct 700 new railcars which would be purposely designed to transport Saskatchewan potash to coastal ports.
National Steel Car sponsors the Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius, the Salvation Army among other local charities as a result of its commitment to the Hamilton society. Every year it hosts the National Steel Car Christmas Party which is attended by both former and present employees together with their children. They also take part in the company’s food drive for local food banks. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is sponsored by James Aziz and Irene, his wife. It is the most prominent agricultural fair in Canada.