Since first hitting the business world, Gregory James Aziz has been a marvel. His work with National Steel Car has been inspiring. Not only has Greg Aziz proved himself to be a keen businessman, but he helped breath life back into the failing freight car manufacturing company. Gregory Aziz, sometimes James Aziz, had started out his career with Affiliated Foods. The company was a family business and after he graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, he was eager to be a part of it. In 1971, he joined the company ranks. This would be his first step into the business world, but not his biggest.
While at Affiliated Foods, he helped grow the company and in 16 years it was truly something to behold. Instead of working with only local merchants, Affiliated Foods started importing fresh food from all over the world. Customers could enjoy foods from a variety of different places at many times during the year. They became one of the first companies to do this, and it resulted in tremendous growth. By the time that Aziz left Affiliated Foods they had even started to export goods to other countries.
In 1994, Aziz saw something that he could not pass up. The Dofasco company had decided to sell the freight car manufacturer National Steel Car. Aziz saw a tremendous opportunity. Though it had been a national treasure in its early years, the small Hamilton, Ontario based company was on the decline. The Great Depression had not been kind to the industry and National Steel Car was suffering. Dofasco had gradually started to give up control of the company and sold it to Aziz at a great price. Aziz took the keys and threw open the doors to the next wave of innovation. He had big plans for National Steel Car and nothing was going to stand in his way.
National Steel Car did gain back its former glory because today it is one of the world’s leading freight car manufacturers and engineers once again. Aziz knew that he could bring it back, but he didn’t want to run on the steam of their former reputation. It was important to him that they singled themselves out from their past. They would honor it, but it would not define them. Today, the company is North America’s only freight car company with ISO 9001: 2008 certification and they hold the TTX SECO for high-quality products, an honor they’ve had since 1996. Aziz truly brought National Steel Car back to life. See This Article to learn more.