Gregory Aziz: Putting Heart into Manufacturing
In 1994 Gregory James Aziz took a chance on a small rail car manufacturing and engineering company, National Steel Car. After working in his family business and graduating with a degree in Economics, Greg Aziz believed that he was ready to take on the challenges of growing a company in this manufacturing industry. Over time, Aziz used his keen business skills to grow National Steel Car into a major international manufacturing company, a status it still enjoys today. With so many other competitors, Greg James Aziz began searching for ways to make his company stand out.
Surrounded by a world that is only interested in high output, National Steel Car has set itself apart from the rest with its extreme attention to detail and substantial love for its community. A perpetual winner of the TTX SECO highest quality award since 1996, National Steel Car has set the standard for the manufacturing industry. In fact, due to this culture of excellence, National Steel Car is the only North American railcar manufacturer to be certified in ISO 9001:2008. With workers wholly committed to the quality of their work, National Steel Car can produce impeccable products on time. This sets them apart from the rest of their competitors and contributes to their reputation as a leading supplier.
Even though National Steel Car has proven itself to be a titan, the company and leader Greg James Aziz has not forgotten about the community and the people that make the company what it is today. The culture of National Steel Car has always been one of giving since its takeover in 1994. In addition to employing thousands of individuals from the local community, the company frequently organizes food drives and donates to local charities. Gregory Aziz and his wife are even private sponsors for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. This fair is one of Canada’s most regarded agricultural events and it touches many individuals. No matter how much National Steel Car continues to grow domestically and internationally, they will also continue to work on building up the surrounding community.
The life of Gregory J Aziz shows an enormous amount of grit and ambition, especially when looking at the history of his company. The legacy that he has built with National Steel Car will be felt for generations. He has single-handedly changed the face of railcar manufacturing by not only looking at the product and its quality but by putting the heart back into the manufacturing process.
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