The Corrigan Story

Our story is one of family

Frank “The Chief” Corrigan came to Dearborn, Michigan, in 1923, lured by the $5 daily salary given by Ford Motor Company. At Ford, Frank worked 3rd shift on the Ford farms doing a range of various jobs – occasionally even driving Henry Ford himself. The Chief was driven, and in the daytime when he wasn’t employed at Ford he operated an ice delivery company with his brother. After the Great Depression hit, Frank operated his trucks to assist families forced from their houses move their belongings.

And thus, Corrigan Moving Systems was born.

World War II presented a new difficulty to Frank and Corrigan Moving due to the difficulty hiring workers while the war was happening. Frank’s firstborn son, Paul Corrigan, was summoned back from the Air Force in 1945 to help support the family and the family company. Paul had hopes of getting a degree at college. Instead, he took over the moving company, learning through what he named the “school of hard knocks”.

Paul was a respected leader, and through his direction Corrigan began to advance. In 1949, Corrigan joined United Van Lines because the idea of joining an agency-owned van line appealed to Paul. The cooperative ownership structure allows agents, like Corrigan, management over the future of the van line.

During the following forty years, the Corrigan family expanded in parallel with the company. Paul married Kathleen O’Hehir in 1954 and hand-in-hand they raised six kids. As they grew up, all six of the kids worked at Corrigan.

In 1969 Corrigan opened its second office in Ann Arbor, Michigan and ran as a two-office organization for the next 15 years. Starting in 1984, it began a fast eight-year growth and procurement phase. New branches were started in Auburn Hills, Toledo, Flint, Bay City and Grand Rapids. In 1987, Corrigan purchased a new location in Farmington Hills and moved their home office from the Dearborn office.

In 1995, the third generation assumed the top positions at the organization.

Corrigan Moving has always been open to growth options that would help improve the quality and service reach. Two excellent opportunities presented themselves to David Corrigan. So, in 2003, a location was opened in Rochester, New York. Then a Chicago, Illinois location was added in 2006. These were the first Corrigan offices in each of these states. Greater expansion brought a location in Cleveland, Ohio; and in 2018, a branch was opened in Buffalo, New York. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania branch joined in 2022.

As Corrigan has grown, it has also expanded its offerings. No longer hauling ice, Corrigan now delivers a broad variety of solutions such as household goods relocation, commercial and office relocations, record storage, systems furniture assembly and disassembly, logistics, and international freight forwarding.

Today, the Corrigan team continues to live by Frank’s initial code of ethics. And thanks to that, we have grown into the most respected moving company in the country.

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