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Gregory Aziz: Mixing Business and Charity

Gregory James Aziz, Chairman, President, and CEO of National Steel Car, was determined to be America’s top railroad freight car manufacterer when he purchased National Steel Car in 1994 from Dofasco. It was a long road to get there.

Gregory J Aziz was born in April of 1949. He is from London, Ontario. Greg Aziz went to college at Ridley College and earned a degree in economics at the University of Western Ontario. He started working in the family business. Hus family business was a wholesale food business called Affliated Foods. He started working for the family business in 1971 and helped it grow to an international importer of fresh foods that came in from Europe, Central America, and South America. Aziz soon moved on to investment banking in New York state in the 80s and early 90s. These events lead to his purchase of National Steel Car.

After much investment into the company, Gregory was able to grow National Steel Car from 3,500 cars manufactured per year to 12,000 cars per year between 1994 and 1999. The employee number also grew from 600 employees to about 3,000 employees within the same time period.

National Steel Car is certified ISO 9001:2008 and is the only North American railroad freight car manufacturer to have continuously held this certification for 18 consecutive years. They have also been given the TTX SECO award for the highest quality freight car manufacturing since 1996.

National Steel Car is a charitable organization in their community of Hamilton. The company has donated to several charities including the United Way, the Salvation Army, the Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius, and several other local charities. Every year National Steel Car company makes sure to hold a food drive to contribute to local food banks and they also throw an annual Christmas party for their team members and their families to enjoy. Gregory and his wife Irene Aziz are annual sponsors of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair held in Canada.

Gregory Aziz is not only a fantastic business man, but he also is charitable and enjoys contributing to his community.

 

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