The people of Hamilton Ontario surely know Greg Aziz on sight. The handsome man with wavy white hair stands out in any crowd. But locals also know him as the man who led one of the largest manufacturing plants in the area, National Steel Car, to grow and prosper, and to share that prosperity with the thriving port city.
Founded in 1912, National Steel Car, now a subsidiary of National Industries, Inc., was a major provider of ‘rolling stock’ – the rail cars that move freight – during a time when the railroads were undergoing a new expansion. By 1994, however, when Gregory James Aziz took over as CEO, rail freight was in a slump and National Steel Car was losing contracts and jobs. Since then, under the leadership and guidance of Greg Aziz, output has quadrupled and employment has increased five-fold. The company has earned the coveted ISO 9001:2008 certification for the past eighteen years and regularly receives the TTX SECO highest quality award.
Educated in finance at the University of Western Ontario, James Aziz, who goes by the name of Greg, learned how to succeed by joining his family firm, Affiliated Foods, in 1971. The next sixteen years saw the food importer grow into a worldwide business. Aziz then brought his acumen to the banking industry in New York, where he first organized the purchase of National Steel Car, intending to transform the once great firm into a leading railroad freight car manufacturer.
He succeeded in this venture. Now, National Steel Car is a major employer in the Hamilton area, the only ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of railroad freight cars in North America, and many people recognize Aziz as the influential man who lead the way. See This Article for related info.
Beyond bringing success to the company, Gregory J Aziz and his wife Irene are active supporters of community affairs in Hamilton, including the Theatre Aquarius, the Hamilton Opera, the United Way, the Salvation Army, and many other local charities. They organize a massive Christmas party each year for all National Steel Car employees, both past and present, and everyone invited takes part in major food drives for local food banks.
James Gregory Aziz’s success goes beyond business and finance. It extends to all areas of his life, and the life of his community.