Gregory Aziz – Business Magnate

Gregory J Aziz exudes confidence. He climbed the ladder of success from a fresh-faced college graduate to a captain of industry the hard way — one rung at the time. The story starts in 1971 when Gregory J. Aziz graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He then went to work for a wholesale food company called Affiliated Foods. With his help, Affiliated Foods grew from a local enterprise into a global giant.

 

After leaving Affiliated Foods, Aziz moved into investment banking in New York City where he was able to arrange the sale of a rail car manufacturer in Hamilton, Ontario named National Steel Car (NSC). Founded in 1912 as the Imperial Steel Car Company, National Steel Car had ridden the ups and downs of the railroad industry ever since.

As CEO and Chairman of the Board of National Steel Car, Aziz used his knowledge of investment banking to secure the funds necessary to modernize and expand the company. Aziz believes in innovation and anticipation. He wants to be ready to solve customer problems today — and tomorrow. This means staying on the cutting edge in manufacturing their products. In the words of their website: “… We stand ready to adapt to your challenges and build you the railcars you need to succeed.”

All of their rail cars are built to withstand punishment day after day. Their tank cars are equipped with Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) compatible brakes, a type of rail car braking system superior to rail car air brakes. Today, NSC stands as a global giant of manufacturing. Aziz credits the commitment of his people, or as he calls them, “team members,” for this phenomenal success. See More Information Here.

Aziz does not just believe in good business practices, he believes in being a good corporate citizen. National Steel Car, its employees, both past and present, and the Aziz family support the local community whenever possible. The annual company Christmas party also serves as a food drive to replenish the local food pantries. The NSC supports The United Way, the Salvation Army, the Theatre Aquarius, and the Hamilton Opera. The Aziz family also funds sponsorship of the annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

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