When Gregory James Aziz started his career, it is not apparent if he wanted to go into the freight car industry, but he has established himself as a major player. He started his life in the business world like most of his field. He began attending the University of Western Ontario and received a degree in Economics. This gave him a strong foundation, one he still utilizes today. In 1968, his family established the grocery supply company, Affiliated Foods. They had a goal to set themselves apart within their industry and figured out that importing fresh food was the way to do it. Greg Aziz joined the company in 1971 and they began their slow rise to the top from there.
By the time that Gregory James Aziz decided to leave Affiliated Foods in 1987, they were importing goods from all over the world. Their client base had grown so much, that they were even exporting as well. They had not just become a national brand, but a global one. This gave Aziz experience in the global market as well as with managing a company on that scale. The exciting world of business continued to intrigue Aziz, so he took the time from Affiliated Foods to create his own company. In 1994 he found National Steel Car, a railroad freight car manufacturing, and engineering company.
National Steel Car had been on the decline for some years. After being established in 1912, the company had been through relatively rough periods throughout its history but had generally enjoyed a healthy reputation up until the point Aziz decided to purchase it. At some points, it had even been regarded as a national treasure. While the history of National Steel Car was very important to Aziz, he wanted to do something to set the company onto the next big thing. He did not want to skate by on what the company had done in the past, Aziz wanted the change to be more.
Under Aziz, the company has flourished. They have gone from a declining business to a world leader in rolling stock. They hold many honors that speak to their impeccable quality and give back to the community in tremendous ways. When Aziz went out into the world looking for an opportunity, National Steel Car gave him the chance to define himself. He took it over and proved to the world that he was a leader. The sky is the limit for Gregory Aziz and National Steel Car.