Gregory James Aziz works at the National Steel Car Ltd. as the company’s chairman, president, and CEO. The firm is one of the leading companies in railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing industry. The company is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Early Life and Education
Gregory James was born on 4/30/1949, in London, Ontario. He joined Ridley College before going to University of Western Ontario where he majored in economics. Upon graduation, he joined his family business.
In 1971, James Aziz joined Affiliated Foods, a family commercial food firm. In the next 16 years, the company experienced tremendous growth and started to import fresh foods from Europe, Central, and South America. The company became a major distributor of fresh food in the US and Canada. Between the 1990’s and 1980’s, he worked in various investment banking companies in New York.
National Steel Car
In 1994, Aziz bought the National Steel Car from Dofasco. He acquired the company with the aim of transforming it into the leading railroad freight manufacturer in North America. By 1999, the company had expanded its car manufacturing capability from 3,500 to 12,000 units per year. The company’s labor force had grown from 600 to about 3,000 employees.
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The company has been in operation for over a century. It has been providing engineering and manufacturing services to its customers with a lot of commitment. The company’s determination to manufacture cars that exceed the expectations and needs of their customers has played an essential role in its growth.
On its website, the giant car manufacturer says that it has a sense of purpose to recognize their tradition, to progress with determination, to work tirelessly with excellence, and to always be in the lead. Under Greg Aziz’s leadership, the company has expanded and become a major player in the car manufacturing industry.
Aziz and his company have participated in several philanthropic activities. The company has sponsors various Hamilton community charities such as Theatre Aquarius, the Hamilton Opera, and the Salvation Army among others. The company also has a Christmas party where the current and the former employees take part in a food drive for the benefit of the locals. Together with his wife Irene, they sponsor various events such as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.