About us.

We want to grow your business with flexible freight solutions.

Meet the DSMI team​.

Paul Cownie

CEO, Director

Paul Cownie has been a developer, manager, and investor in multiple mixed-use, historical renovations, new construction and agricultural real estate projects in central Iowa over the past decade. Paul was previously Chairman and CEO of Southern Plains Resources, an energy exploration and production company focused on North American oil and gas resources between 2010 and 2016. Paul served as an Independent Director of Dakota Plains Holding Corporation, a NYSE publically traded energy rail logistics company, from 2011 through 2016. Prior to co-founding Des Moines Industrial in 2019, Paul also served as an Independent Director of Progressive Rail, a North American short-line rail and logistics company from 2016-2018.

Gabe Claypool

President, COO, Director

Gabe Claypool has been a developer, operator and owner in the railroad logistics industry for over a decade. From 2011 through 2017, Gabe was President, COO and Board Member for Dakota Plains Holding Corporation, a NYSE publicly traded company, focused on the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota. During this time, Gabe successfully managed over $80,000,000 in CAPEX projects, 50+ employees and the safe transloading of over 100,000 rail cars. Gabe co-founded Cedar Midstream, which sold its Cushing, OK crude oil storage project in 2016. Prior to co-founding Des Moines Industrial in 2019, Gabe developed Oklahoma based oil field logistics solutions, including a rail terminal and water infrastructure.

Ship better with DSMI.


Centrally located in Des Moines, Iowa. DSMI is connected to the Iowa Interstate, Norfolk Sothern, BNSF railroads, and one mile from Interstate 35 & 80.

More options

DSMI provides the economics of rail to businesses without direct rail access.

Flexible freight

Products can be transloaded by rail, warehoused along your supply chain, and delivered the last mile by trucks.

Healthy competition

DSMI connects to three railroads, creating a competitive environment for shipping solutions.