Gregory Aziz’s Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

Ontario born Gregory James Aziz is the Chairman, President, and CEO of National Steel Industry. He is a Bachelors of Economic graduate from the University of West Ontario.

Immediately after his studies, he worked at Affiliated food, a company owned by his family. He used his expertise to develop the company into a global producer and distributor of fresh foods. Over a period of 16 years, Affiliated foods streamlined its supply chain, spread its operation to Europe and South America, introduced new product offerings and merged and partnered with distributors and producers across the globe.

Gregory Aziz left to pursue interests in investment banking in New York. He spent the early 1990s honing his skills in financial analysis, management, and leadership. By 1994, he was at the center of the purchase of National Steel Car from Dofasco. Greg Aziz purposed to turn around the company’s fortunes after the acquisition.

National Steel Car is an engineering and manufacturing company specializing in the sale and manufacture of railroad cars. When Gregory Aziz took over, the company had experienced several ups and downs. Greg identified three channels for success, the team, capital investments and efficient production processes.

Greg Aziz envisioned building a team that could create value leveraging the current capabilities of the company. With time, he created a purpose driven, diverse, innovative and value conscious. The team’s pursuit is to challenge themselves always, set standards, build lasting relationships and offer excellent customer experience.

To achieve efficiency in production, he focused on implementing better processes. Greg made capital investments in machinery and labor. The company increased its staff numbers to over 3000 up from 600 and the production capacity to 12,000 cars annually. Gregory Aziz then pursued excellence in engineering and manufacturing.

National Steel Car is the number one innovator in the Industry in North America. The company is the only one in the industry that has an ISO 9001:2008 certification. National Steel car is a recipient of the TTX SECO award for the last eleven years.

The company continues to invest in building the Hamilton community. Other than supporting the local charities, it employs most of the locals in the area. Gregory Aziz and Irene, his wife, finance the Canadian Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

For Greg Aziz, the strategy is a sufficient determinant for success. Currently, he hopes to improve the company’s past success by encouraging innovation, challenging his team, and pursuing excellence fiercely.