National Steel Car has been operational for over a century following its founding in 1912. Over this period, it has carved out a name for itself as one of the leading manufacturers and engineers of railroad and freight cars throughout the wider North American region. Despite the changing operational and financial landscapes, the company has remained true to its tradition and commitment to excellence and high-quality standards. In the company’s modern era, few of its employees embody its relentless pursuit of excellence and transformative strategic approach like Gregory James Aziz: its current chairman and chief executive officer.
In Pursuit of Transformative Strategies
When Gregory J Aziz led National Industries Inc. in taking over the ownership of National Steel Car in 1994, the Hamilton-based company was facing tough times. Its value and production were declining significantly, which threatened the existence of one of Canada’s oldest railroad and freight manufacturing company. He set out to transform the company and restore it to its former glory while making a force to reckon with beyond Canada. His first duty was to arrest the declining productivity, which he excelled at. Barely six years after taking over, James Aziz had overseen over threefold increment in the company’s productivity. During the same period, he increased the number of employees six times.
The visionary leadership of Greg Aziz has helped the company expand its market base beyond Canada. In addition to its traditional Canadian rail transport market, National Steel Car has also made inroads into the United States railroad transport sector. It has also entered into strategic partnerships with commercial railway operators to supply them with their trademark high quality railroad cars. He has also spearheaded the company’s philanthropic initiatives including donation to food banks. Under his leadership, National Steel Car is now actively involved with local Hamilton communities through sponsorships of various community-based initiatives such as the Hamilton Opera and Theatre Aquarius among others. Click Here for more information.
Education and Career Background
Before leading the acquisition of National Steel Car, Greg James Aziz had already made a name for himself within New York’s investment banking sector. He worked for several years in the sector before spearheading the acquisition of the company. However, before moving to New York Mr. Aziz had already accumulated vast experience in corporate management working for a family-owned food company. In 1971, he joined Affiliated Foods and worked at the company for over a decade. His tenure at the company was marked by expansion into wholesale food markets in the U.S., other parts of Canada, Europe, and Central and South American continents. He studied Economics at Ridley College and University of Western Ontario.