Over the past two decades, Gregory Aziz has become a household name in the Canadian railroad industry. He recently purchased and helped one of the only remaining rolling stock companies get out from the clutches of bankruptcy, and he has completely turned the outcome of this company on its head. Thanks to his leadership and skills as a CEO, Gregory J Aziz has kept the backbone of North America alive and over 3,000 people in work.
All of his successes are due to Gregory J Aziz’s knowledge of business and ability to form new relationships with customers and suppliers. He first found out about his abilities in these areas while working at Affiliated Foods, a local food distribution company located in his home province of Ontario, Canada. There, he quickly rose through the ranks and started several new initiatives. At the time Affiliated had only been working with local customers and had been importing most of its food from North America. He grew this distribution network to South America and Europe, and within a few years, he was even selling to companies in the United States.
In 1994, Aziz purchased National Steel Car from the previous owner and started his revival of the railroad industry. National Steel Car had been around since 1912, and it had survived every major twist and turn the economy threw its way. However, with more and more customers turning to alternative logistics companies instead of railroads, orders for the rolling stock and railcars that NSC builds every day declined. Aziz had a plan to fix this.
The first order of business was to change the company’s focus from cheap cars to high-quality and perfectly engineered rolling stock. Customers didn’t just want a deal anymore, they wanted assurances that these cars would last forever and that they would always be able to pass regulatory inspections. Gregory J. Aziz hired over 2,000 more workers, many of them engineers, and increased capital funding for new projects and equipment. Click Here for additional information.
Now, National Steel Car has returned to prominence in an industry that is only just surviving around it. NSC increased its capacity by over 300 percent under the new CEO and Chairman, and it employs around 3,000 people. The company makes a healthy $200 million in revenues each year, and it is one of the only rolling stock manufacturers left. National Steel Car has contracts with all of the major railroads in North America, and it constantly receives the TTX SECO award for high-quality manufacturing in Ontario. Thanks to Gregory James Aziz, National Steel Car has never been better.