My name is Greg Aziz.
Gregory James Aziz is the Chairman, President & CEO of National Steel Car, one of the world’s leading railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing companies, located in Hamilton, Ontario.
Born in London, Ontario on April 30, 1949, Greg was educated at Ridley College and then majored in economics at the University of Western Ontario.
Joining his family wholesale food business, Affiliated Foods, in 1971, the company grew over 16 years to become a worldwide importer of fresh foods from Europe, Central, and South America, with distribution to all of the major fresh food wholesale markets across the United States and in Eastern Canada.
After working on several investment banking opportunities in New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Greg was able to organize the purchase of National Steel Car from Dofasco in 1994, with the goal of transforming this once great Canadian company into North America’s leading railroad freight car manufacturer. Emphasizing National Steel Car’s strong engineering capabilities, team-building, and through considerable human and capital investment, the company expanded its manufacturing capability from 3,500 cars per year at the time of purchase to 12,000 cars by 1999. Employment over the same period grew from approximately 600 to almost 3,000.
Today, thanks to its relentless pursuit of engineering and manufacturing excellence, National Steel Car leads the industry in new car innovation, while building thousands of new railroad freight car each year. National Steel Car is North America’s only railroad freight car, engineering and manufacturing company certified ISO 9001:2008, having now held this honour for the last 18 years through numerous rounds of recertification. The company has been consistently honoured with the TTX SECO highest quality award since 1996.
National Steel Car is committed to the Hamilton community and has sponsored Theatre Aquarius, the Hamilton Opera, the United Way, the Salvation Army and numerous other local charities. Thousands of employees, both past and present, and their children, attend the National Steel Car Christmas Party each year and participate in the company’s major food drive for local food banks.
Greg and his wife Irene are sponsors of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Canada’s most prominent agricultural fair.
Since manufacturing our first rail car over 100 years ago, National Steel Car has earned a reputation as North America's leading railroad freight car manufacturer. We've done so through a relentless focus on excellence in engineering and commitment to quality.
The cornerstone of National Steel Car is our people. I am immensely proud of the great company we have built together.