Gregory James Aziz has taken over the steel car production industry. After attending Ridley College and the University of Western Ontario, he joined the family business in 1971, Affiliated Foods, which became a worldwide importer of fresh food. He then purchased National Steel Car in 1994 from Dofasco, with a vision to turn the 600-employee company into an industry giant.
His first order of business for the floundering company was to shift the focus to quality, knowing that customers will gravitate to a high-quality product. He changed policies and retrained the staff, setting the wheels in motion to become the best of the best.
With quality mastered and the TTX SECO award to prove it, Gregory J Aziz turned his sights to the production side of the business. He increased the staff to nearly 3000 and brought their steel car production from 3,500 to 12,000 annually within five years of taking over the company.
National Steel Car is now leading the industry with their manufacturing and engineering excellence, demonstrated by their ISO 9001:2008 certification which they have held for almost twenty years.
Always striving to make a difference at work and in the community, in June of 2015 the steel car production company was recognized by Horizon Utilities for installing a 350-horsepower trim compressor that dramatically reduces their energy usage with its variable speed drive and automatic adjustments. This change saves 2,192,400 kWh annually because the compressors shut down when demand is low, producing higher efficiency system wide. Rebates earned through the energy saving program are being put towards more state-of-the-art equipment for National Steel Car. For more than a decade NSC has spent over $350 million to automate the plant and use advance technologies in manufacturing.
In that same year, NSC also acquired a new contract with the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. The order was for 1000 custom built rail cars designed specifically for potash (a fertilizer ingredient), considering it’s weight and density into the plans. NSC has provided Canpotex Limited more than 5,000 rail cars with a similar design.
Not only a savvy businessman, Gregory J. Aziz is also an active philanthropist, using his company to sponsor many programs, agencies, and numerous other charities. Each year National Steel Car hosts a major food drive at their Christmas party, with contributions being given to local area food pantries.
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