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1With more than one leadership role under his belt for the National Steel Car company located in Hamilton Ontario, Greg Aziz stays very busy as a businessman. His positions with the steel car company are chairman, president, and Chief Executive Officer. Considering his contribution, initiative and vision for the company, it is not out of the question at that he holds three positions. But, to get a full understanding of how he came to be such a crucial component in National Steel Car system a look at Greg’s past is required.

 

If it makes any difference to the proud and industrial people of the Ontario province, Greg Aziz is one of them. He also holds degrees from Ridley College and the University of Western Ontario. Not surprisingly, his field of education is economics. Upon finishing his formal education, the next item on his achievement record is working for his family’s business, Affiliated Foods.

Never let it be said that Greg James Aziz is not a loyal businessman, because over the next dozen and a half years he lends a helping hand to aid his family’s endeavors. And in that time, Affiliated Foods grows into a top-performance distribution operation known throughout Eastern Canada and the United States. Coincidentally, the business skills and competence of Gregory J Aziz grows as well, and he takes on investment banking for clients in the city of New York. These years of financial expertise and service cultivate the right insights and set of circumstances to facilitate the buying of National Steel Car.

From his years of education in economics, on-the-job training in his family’s business and designing of financial solution for clients, Gregory James Aziz never once doubts the potential greatness in the railroad company. Most definitely, his instincts prove correct, and National Steel Car grows from producing just over 3,000 car per year to over 12,000 in less than a decade. Naturally, the worker base that produces these units also grows from about 600 employees to more than 3,000, in the same time. See This Page for additional information.

This is something of a of an accomplishment, as noticed by the company’s continued ISO 9001:2008 certification and constant bestowing of TTX SECO high-quality awards. On a more personal and caring note, Gregory J Aziz, along with his wife Irene, sponsors the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair every year without fail. But, that should come as no surprise as the National Steel Car company sponsors organizations from the Hamilton Opera to the Salvation Army with groups like the United Way in between.

 

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The recent order of 350 railcars by CN Rail to National Steel Car is a testament to the change in fortunes for the company that at one time faced closure. When at almost rock bottom and facing legal action from clients coupled with paying heavy fines imposed by regulators, NSC was bought out by Gregory James Aziz through his company Hamilton Corporation National Industries Inc. This was back in 1994 and ever since the company has been climbing higher and is set to go even further.

 

Founded in 1912 as Imperial Steel Car, National Steel Car has changed hands a couple of times with the last owner, Dofasco having given up on the company in 1990. When Greg Aziz took over, the company was on its knees and family and friends expressed their skepticism. Taking risks was something he was used to as an investment banker in New York, so Greg Aziz invested on capital projects, and his first success was the increment of production capacity from 3,500 railcars to 12,500 annually.

 

To service this new capacity, National Steel Cars had to employ 20,000 new workers, up from a measly 500 workers. Greg Aziz shifted focus from low-cost production to cost-effective engineering methods that produced some of the safest railcars on the Canadian tracks. Currently, National Steel Cars supplies not only to Canadian North Rail, but it also services orders from the US, it’s clients are mainly, railway operators and commercial rail operators.1

 

Gregory James Aziz was born in 1949, soon after graduating from the University of Western Ontario as an Economics degree holder; he worked with his father at Affiliated Foods before moving to New York where he expanded not only his portfolio but also those of his clients. It was here that he got the itch to go into business for himself. It is his qualities that were refined in this journey that have allowed Greg Aziz to turn National Steel Car into the leading railroad freight and tank car manufacturer in North America.

 

After a century in the industry, National Steel Car is grateful to Greg Aziz for a campaign that has led to the resurgence of the company back to the top of the rankings as a global player in the manufacture of rolling stock and freight car. As the company gears for community improvement projects, Greg can sit back and be proud of a legacy that is viable for a long time at the company. Find Related Information Here.

 

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