Gregory James Aziz is a Canadian businessman who was born on April 30, 1949. It was in London, Ontario, and he went on to graduate from Ridley College. He then graduated from the University of Ontario with a bachelor’s degree in economics. His first stop out of college was back at the business his family owned, an international food importer named Affiliated Foods. It brought in fresh food from all over the world and then sold it to wholesale markets in the eastern half of Canada as well as businesses in America.
In the late 1980’s Gregory J Aziz moved to New York City so that he could become an investment banker. He became acquainted with a Canadian firm while doing this called National Steel Car. This company, founded 106 years ago, was owned by Dofasco who had bought it in 1962. Dofasco did a really poor job of managing it and by the time that Greg Aziz researched the company he could see that it was in serious decline. He made an offer to buy it through his own company, National Industries, Inc., and Dofasco accepted his offer.
Once James Aziz owned National Steel Car he started working hard at restoring it to the company it once had been. This is a company based in Hamilton, Ontario, that build railroad cars for commercial rail operators in both the U.S. and Canada. He bought it in 1994 and the company was completely transformed by 2000. In 1994 it had 500 employees that could produce at most 3,500 railcars a year. In 2000 it could manufacturer 12,500 each year and employed 3,000 people. See Related Link to learn more.
Gregory J Aziz concentrates his effort on building railcars to move freight, not passengers. Among the types of railway freight cars his company operates today are tank cars, boxcars, flat cars, gondola cars, and hopper cars among others. Each railcar is designed for a specific type of freight, such as the gondola car which moves coal. The exception is the tank car which is more for general purpose uses and can be built both as insulated and uninsulated.
As the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of National Steel Car, Gregory J Aziz has strongly managed the strategic vision of this company for 24 years now. He has re-instilled pride in the employees of the company and has greatly helped the broader Hamilton community through his business activities and philanthropy.