Gregory Aziz is the chair and CEO of National Steel Car. National Steel Car is an Ontario based company that manufactures railroad Cars. The company has been in operation for over a century and was CanPotex choice for a project to build 700 railcars to transport potash from Saskatchewan to Canada’s coastal ports. Potash is the largest mineral export for Canada and CanPotex transports up to 10 million tonnes annually
CanPotex was going to $70million in this new project. The company has been working with National Steel Car to build railroad cars since 1999, just 5 years after Gregory J Aziz acquired it, making 7000 cars and investing more than $500million. Speaking about the relationship between the two companies the CanPotex CEO Steve Dechka said that Greg Aziz and his company have been instrumental in the growth of his company.
National Steel Car has produced rail cars that are specifically suited to the transportation of potash and this has meant that Canpotex can transport more potash per car and pers trip. The cars have also helped reduced greenhouse emissions by improving train efficiencies. Gregory James pointed out that the CanPotex deal will not only keep the people in the company employed but it is also benefiting the province.
Business success for Gregory James Aziz began when started working in the family business after graduation in 1971. Over the next 16 or so years, the company Affiliated Foods grew and became the largest distributor of fresh food in the country. It now distributes fresh food to Central and South America, Europe and the USA. in the US and Canada Affiliated Foods is present in every major market in the country. Go Here for more information.
James Aziz organized to acquire National Steel Car from its then owner, Dofasco, in 1994 after working on a number of investment banking opportunities. He hoped to make the company as great as it had once been. He employed more people and increased his capital investment and by the year 1999 production was up from 3500 cars in a year to 12000.
James, the company is the only company of its kind in North America to have ISO 9001:2008 certification which it has maintained for more than 18 years via recertification rounds. They have also received the TTX SECO highest quality award yearly since 1996. The company funds Theatre Aquarius, Salvation Army, the Hamilton Opera among other charities in Hamilton.
About Gregory Aziz
Gregory Aziz was born in 1949 in Ontario Canada. He attended Ridley College and then went on to the University of Ontario where he studied Economics. He is married to Irene and they are also Royal Agricultural Winter Fair sponsors.