The company was founded by John A. James and his uncle Calvin Outlaw in 1971.

John A. James was the first African American whose company was issued broad operating authority to transport automotive parts and other commodities in the State of Michigan. Today John A. James acts as Chairman and member of the Board of James Group International (JGI), and his sons John E. James and Lorron James run the operating companies Renaissance Global Logistics and Magnolia Automotive Services respectively.

Renaissance Global Logistics began in 1998 with support from Ford Motor Company to launch an export consolidation business that the company still operates today.  This business is operated out of the headquarters building located in the Detroit Renaissance Zone.  In 2012, John E. James was named President of Renaissance Global Logistics.

James Group International is proud to be celebrating its 45th year of operation in 2016.  From a humble start with one truck hauling beer between Michigan and Wisconsin, today JGI and its operating companies have six operating locations, employ approximately 200 employees in 3 different states, and count among its customer base some of the largest automotive OEMs in the world.

Magnolia Automotive Services (MAS)

MAS is a partnership between James Group International and Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.. Current operations include:

  • Tire and Wheel Assembly, Blue Springs, MS – Procurement of tire and wheel components, assembly & sequencing for JIT deliver to nearby plants.
  • Cross-dock, Charlestown, IN – This operation supports the inbound supply of parts from over 100 suppliers for this OEM’s North American production.
The company has evolved significantly through the years and in 2016 has begun its 45th year of operation.


OJ Transport founded by John A. James and Calvin Outlaw to provide ground transportation services.


OJ Transport becomes first black owned firm to receive permanent 48-state common carrier status from ICC to transport auto parts.

Early 1990s

Foreign trade zone and sequencing services intitiated.

Mid 1990s

OJ Transport becomes highest volume Ford truckload carrier hauling more than 2,000 truckloads weekly.


Partnership with Challenger established to offer truckload services to GM.


Loron James joins the business.


GM Outlet Shop operation opens in Romulus, MI.


GM Supplier Risk Warehouse opens in Romulus, MI.


Software solution developed that allows fully integrated, machine-to-machine communication and real time visibility.


Toyota Cross Dock opens in Charlestown, IN.