Gregory James Aziz was born in London, Ontario in 1949. He attained a degree in Ridley College and also majored in economics at the University of Western Ontario. Greg Aziz started his career in the family wholesale food business. The company was called Affiliated Foods. James Aziz was instrumental in making the company one of the largest distributors of fresh foods in the world. The company distributed food to almost every continent to include the United States. After the success of the family business, Greg James Aziz wanted to expand into other business markets.
In 1994 Gregory J Aziz was the catalyst in the purchase of National Steel Car. He had a vision of turning this struggling company into the leader of railroad freight. Behind his strong leadership and innovation, the company increased its production from 3,500 freight cars per year to over 12,000 in five short years. The company also grew from 600 employees to over 3,000 during this period. National Steel Car is also the only company of its type to be certified ISO 9001. This certification awards excellence in management and quality. It has stringent criteria and is difficult to maintain. The company has maintained this prestigious certification for the past 18 years. This is an unprecedented accomplishment. Greg Aziz strives for his company to be the best in all aspects.
Greg Aziz and his family are dedicated to giving back to the community and charity. They donate to numerous charities to include the United Way and Salvation Army. Every year thousands of employees past and present attend the company’s Christmas party and participate in the annual food drive. This enables thousands of families to have food especially during the holiday season. Greg Aziz is not just about making money, but also about making lives better.
On May 1, 2015 National Steel Car announced its support for the new North American harmonized rail tank regulations. The regulations sets the standard for safer and stronger rail cars for transporting flammable liquids. This is a groundbreaking and very important initiative for the safety of the community, environment, and workforce.