No matter how difficult a situation may become, one look at Gregory James Aziz tells you he is ready to rise to the occasion. The CEO and Chairman of National Steel Car, a primary manufacturer of rail cars, is a handsome man with a penetrating gaze and silver hair swept back to resemble a lion’s mane.
With his trademark silk tie and starched white shirt, he could easily have just stepped off the page of a men’s fashion magazine. He is, in the words of an old Italian saying, “A man easy in his skin.”
Originally from London, Ontario, Gregory J. Aziz graduated in 1971 from the University of Western Ontario with a Degree in Economics. After completing his education, Greg went to work in his family’s wholesale fresh food distribution business, Affiliated Foods. During his time with the company, they expanded operations to include North and South America and Europe.
In the ‘80s, Greg used his knowledge of Economics to find employment in investment banking. One of the deals he worked on was the purchase of National Steel Car, founded in 1912, in Hamilton, Ontario. One of the major manufacturers of rail cars in its day, the company’s share of the market had dwindled.
Greg Aziz believed that, with the right management, the company could relive its glory days. He gathered the financial resources to expand and increase engineering and manufacturing. In 1994, when he took over, National Steel Car had a manufacturing capacity of approximately 3,500 rail cars a year with 600 employees. By 1999, its 3,000 employees were busy producing 12,000 cars per year.
Of his employees, Aziz says that “The National Steel Car team is our most important and valued asset.” Greg Aziz earned the devotion of his people, and shows his appreciation of their loyalty in lots of ways.
One example is the annual Christmas party for present and former employees and their families. Attended by thousands, those present demonstrate their goodwill and generosity by participating in the company’s annual food drive for the needy. Read This Page for more.
The secrets of Aziz’ success has been his workers and his devotion to innovation and quality. He understands that rail travel is a developing industry with constantly changing needs. The research and development team at National Steel Car not only keeps up the industry’s changing needs, it is able to anticipate them.
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