There is a lot of work that goes into building a business. The person who decides to take on it that responsibility must be strong and motivated to succeed. Gregory James Aziz believed from a very young age that business was going to be his calling. His beginnings started in London, Ontario in 1949 to parents that would go on to help found the amazing wholesale grocery company Affiliated Foods.
The young Gregory Aziz was educated at Ridley College for his foundational levels, but he went on to the University of Western Ontario to receive a degree in economics. His degree in economics would prove to be a very valuable resource as he moved on to take on his next challenge with National Steel Car.
National Steel Car was a railcar manufacturing facility that Gregory Aziz purchased in 1994. He saw a hidden potential in the downward manufacturing company. Previously in its history, it had been considered a major player in the manufacturing business. It had even been regarded at one point as a gem in the Canadian business world. Unfortunately, by 1994, National Steel Car had touched a point where it was in sharp decline. The Dofasco Company that owned the business before Greg Aziz believed that there was not a lot they could be done for the company. They had lost control over it in the years leading up to its purchase.
When Greg Aziz took over, one of the first things he did was overhaul the personnel, the training practices, and all of the business proposals that were currently in action. He needed to change the entire way that the company did things in order to save it. Quality became the number one concern for anyone that was working in the company. He retrained all of the staff and started to build up personnel. The company went from a meager 600 employees to now more than 3000 individuals. He knew that interest in quality would require more bodies in the manufacturing process. His work paid off, and now National Steel Car is one of the world’s leading manufacturers for freight cars. Their rolling stock is considered to be a gold standard for people who are looking for this type of material. They have earned a reputation that has set them above even manufacturers of different sectors. They are even the main suppliers for most of North America. Gregory Aziz has truly built something exceptional.
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