In 1994, the freight railroad industry in Canada was struggling for survival with the historic National Steel Car manufacturing brand reduced to between 500 and 600 employees and an annual freight car production level of just over 3,000 cars. Times changed for the National Steel Car in the same year when Gregory James Aziz stepped out from the U.S. financial markets and took control of the company after engineering a buyout from owner Dofasco; by 1996, National Steel Car had earned the TTX SECO award for quality, an award held by the company each year since the initial 1996 decision. Not only has Greg James Aziz seen his leadership lead to National Steel Car rewarded with an annual quality award but the brand has also seen its reputation enhanced when the ISO 9001:2008 award was given to the company at a time when no other North American freight railroad manufacturer had achieved such success.
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Established in 1912 as the Imperial Steel Car company and later returned to the National Steel Car trademark, this historic brand has seen its success increase over the years before a declining railroad manufacturing market hampered its ability to grow. The arrival of Greg Aziz led to a major change in the way the company goes about its business, including a greater level of focus on the quality and development of new products developed with an eye on moving the freight railroad sector into a sustained era of success; for James Aziz the growth of National Steel Car has become a cause for personal pride that has sustained his career as a dominant force in the freight railroad markets.
Born in London, Ontario in 1947, Gregory James Aziz has always looked to have a positive impact on the financial world of Canada and to play a role in the advancement of the local community in the Hamilton area of Ontario. One of the main areas of interest for Gregory J Aziz is the continuation of the largest agricultural fair in Canada, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Greg Aziz sponsors to ensure it remains an important part of the calendar in North America.