Royal White Cement expands to Houston Ship Channel terminal

Industrial Realty Group is making improvements to the property for bulk cement unloading and distribution.

Royal White Cement has leased a site along the Houston Ship Channel for its second terminal in Houston in a deal that positions the company to grow its cement and construction materials business.

Industrial Realty Group, a national real estate investment and development company based in Los Angeles, announced a long-term lease with Houston-based Royal White Cement at its Houston Ship Channel project. Royal White Cement – Peninsula Terminal occupies 23.8 acres at 16182 Peninsula St.

IRG’s on site terminal operator, Houston Peninsula Terminal, has already begun unloading vessels for the company. IRG is working on site improvements for Royal White Cement, which will utilize three structures that were previously used by a fertilizer company. The location, about six miles from Beltway 8 and Interstate 10 East, has capacity for 125 rail cars and heavy truck loading, according to Royal White Cement.
“We’re proud to welcome Royal White Cement to the project and continue to grow our terminal operations,” Stuart Lichter, president of IRG, said in a statement. “Our investment will upgrade existing buildings for storage and convert the existing infrastructure for highly efficient, bulk cement unloading.”

The expansion will enable the company to more efficiently supply customers in growing markets of the western and southern U.S. The company supplies cement to a range of customers including ready mix companies, pool contractors, construction contractors, builders and oil companies.

Founded in 1998 by Marcel Fadi, Royal White Cement has grown to nine terminals across the U.S., with locations in Philadephia, Atlanta, Savannah, Glendale, Ariz., Long Beach, Calif. and Stockton, Calif.

“We have long operated in the Houston market, but this direct access to storage and bulk unloading along the channel will provide greater efficiencies and flexibility allowing Royal White Cement to handle and store approximately 100,000 tons of multiple cementous products such as slag, grey cement, and white cement,” said Marcel Fadi, owner of Royal White Cement.
“Our partnership with IRG and Houston Peninsula Terminal provides the critical facilities, access, and logistics needed to expand our footprint in Houston and beyond.”

Wahib Fadi, vice president of Royal White Cement, said the site has vessel unloading with 862 feet of frontage on the Houston Ship Channel, multiple railway tracks and heavy truck loading.

“The additional infrastructure and capabilities provided by the terminal will lend us additional flexibility and capabilities that will allow Royal White Cement to enlarge its market share in the U.S. Cement industry,” Wahib Fadi said. “This is one of many new additions expected in the coming year.”