For many large companies it is rare to be able to pinpoint one specific person that has truly guided the company to success over many decades of hard work (think Bill Gates). Yet, for National Steel Car, the world leader in the engineering and manufacturing of railroad freight cars, that is not the case. Gregory J Aziz has been a driving force that has pushed National Steel Car to greatness.
Gregory J Aziz is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of National Steel Car, as well as Chairman of the National Industries Inc . The company is headquartered in Hamilton Ontario and has been there for over 100 years. National Steel Car is a key block in Canada’s manufacturing sector. In fact, it is the largest manufacturer of railroad cars in all of North America. The company employs thousands of people in Hamilton.
Greg Aziz majored in economics at the University of Western Ontario before deciding to bring his business knowledge to his family’s business. He had a smart eye for growing a business. When he started with his family’s company, Affiliated Foods, in 1971 that company was a regional wholesale food business. Through the years, Greg James Aziz grew the company to become a global distributor of fresh foods. After a 16-year tenure working with the company it was distributing fresh foods to all major wholesale markets across the United States and Canada.
Aziz then worked for an investment banking company where he saw success. National Steel Car was one of his clients and in 1994 he facilitated the purchase of the company from a previous owner. This purchase brought National Steel Car back to its former glory. It took National Steel Car from being the largest rail freight car manufacturer in Canada to be the largest in all of North America. Check Out This Article for additional information about Greg Aziz and his company, National Steel Car.
After the purchase, Aziz started his career with National Steel Car. Right away he placed a focus on growth. He was passionate about not only expanding the company, but expanding the workforce. Investing in human capital has always been important to Greg Aziz. In just a few years he was able to successfully grow the company from a team of 600 to almost 3,000 employees. With more hands-on deck, National Steel Car rapidly expanded its production. When Aziz started with the company they were producing about 3,500 cars per year. Three short years latest their production was up to nearly 3,000 rail cars per year.