Gregory James Aziz is a leader in the Canadian business community. He owns National Steel Car, one of North America’s premier freight cars, parts, and components designers and manufacturers. He is its chief executive officer and chairman of the board. After graduating from college he started out working for his family’s business, Affiliated Foods. He worked for this company from 1971 until 1987 which is when he decided to branch out into the financial industry.
Gregory Aziz moved to New York City and from 1987 until 1994 he pursued a number of opportunities as an investment banker. During this time he became an entrepreneur when he launched his own company, National Industries, Inc., which is still in operation. He serves as this organization’s chairman of the board. In 1994 he started researching National Steel Car which is a Canadian company headquartered in Hamilton, a city in the province of Ontario. He got in contact with the owners of the company, Dofasco, and they accepted his bid to buy the company and make it a subsidiary of National Industries.
National Steel Car has flourished under the leadership of Greg James Aziz. When he took over the company had a total of 500 employees who produced 3,500 freight cars annually. Today he employs 3500 people who can produce 12,500 freight cars each year. He also shifted the main focus of the company from Canada to the United States which proved to be a wise choice. Because of this business decision, National Steel Car is now one of the largest freight car companies in North America and is the biggest in Canada. Go To This Page for related information.
James Aziz has contributed greatly to the community of Hamilton. Beyond his company playing a critical role in the economy by creating good paying jobs he also donates his money to a wide variety of charities. Beyond supporting local charities he also supports both the United Way and the Salvation Army. Each year he invites all of his employees and their families to attend National Steel Car Christmas Party. At this party they collect food that is then donated to food banks in the greater Hamilton Area.
In order to support the arts and culture community of Hamilton, Gregory James Aziz also sponsors two local arts institutions. These are the Hamilton Opera and the much beloved by the community Theatre Aquarius. He is also one of the sponsors of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair which takes place each year in Ontario.