How It Started

The site that is now Gulf Inland Logistics Park started in the late 1980’s as an aggregate business known as Coastal Materials Company (CMC), which was founded in Dayton Texas. This is where CMC Railroad, the existing rail facility currently operating at Gulf Inland Logistics Park, all got its start.

In the 1990’s CMC grew and built a railcar storage facility for the Southern Pacific, which merged with the Union Pacific in 1997. After that merger, the BNSF gained access to the Baytown Subdivision and CMC continued to grow its railcar storage operation for the BNSF Railway, ultimately constructing almost 8,000 railcar storage spaces on the site. During this time, CMC began to acquire adjacent property for future expansion, which became what is now known as Gulf Inland Logistics Park.

In early 2021, Logistics & Development Resources, the site manager for the previous owner, connected with Connor Investment Real Estate and began working on a plan to acquire the property and CMC Railroad, in order to provide manufacturing, distribution, rail services, storage and transportation capabilities for companies to locate and grow their business at Gulf Inland Logistics Park.

At the same time, TXDOT opened the last sections of State Highway 99, The Grand Parkway, adjacent to the property, making it even more efficient for rail and road transportation.

The partnership between LDR and CIRE, known as Liberty Development Partners, closed on the acquisition of CMC Railroad on June 30th, 2022 with a plan and funding for the development of the site. LDP and CMC are actively pursuing the first phase of infrastructure improvements and tenants for Gulf Inland Logistics Park

Gulf Inland offers unparalleled road and rail access, experienced leadership, customizable space offerings, and an eager, local workforce.

Marcus Goering

Principal, Liberty Development Partners

Marcus Goering has an extensive background in the rail industry. He began his career managing intermodal terminals across North America for the BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, Norfolk Southern, CSX & the Kansas City Southern.  

He advanced his career in operations to a customer facing role with General Electric Rail Services as the commercial leader for the intermodal team, working closely with the largest transportation companies in North America.  

In 2008, he led the acquisition of CMC Railroad for Babcock & Brown’s Rail Management group and he served as President of CMC Railroad for over a decade.     

Mr. Goering’s 30+ years of leadership experience in the rail industry was the catalyst for Logistics & Development Resources. LDR offers Mr. Goering’s expertise in railroad operations, real estate development and financial management to ensure the success of your project.


Paul Connor

Principal, Liberty Development Partners

As the founder of Connor Investment Real Estate, Paul manages the in-house team and third-party consultants for sourcing properties, evaluating the investment potential, capital formation, deal structuring, and the due diligence and enhancement of all investments.

Paul co-founded CBA Land Capital a joint venture with Land Tejas. CBA Land Capital works to provide nontraditional financing solutions that alleviate the capital and resource strains often placed on home builders.

Paul continues to serve as Principal at McAlister Investment Real Estate where he actively manages the nearly $100 million in real estate assets within the McAlister funds and partnerships. Prior to joining McAlister Investments, Paul was Vice President of Acquisitions for Senterra Real Estate Group.

Paul is a licensed attorney in Texas, graduating from The University of Texas with a B.S in Finance and the University of Houston Law Center with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence.


Melinda Ray

Executive Assistant + Office Manager, Liberty Development Partners

Melinda Ray is an Executive Assistant and Office Manager for both Liberty Development Partners and Gulf Inland Logistics Park. She maintains many years of experience in the Rail and Real Estate industries, having worked alongside Marcus Goering since 2013. She began her career in the Rail industry when she joined the CMC Railroad team, and soon expanded her role to assist in Gulf Inland operations.

Melinda is an integral part of the Gulf Inland and Liberty teams, leading the charge on proposals, tenant documentation, office operations, and everything in between.

Prior to her Rail and Real Estate experience, Melinda worked as a Paralegal with multiple law firms, where she specialized in Tort Law.