The Corrigan Story

Our story is one of family

Frank “The Chief” Corrigan moved to Dearborn, Michigan, in 1923, lured by the $5 daily wage offered by Ford Motor Company. At Ford, Frank worked 3rd shift on the Ford farms carrying out a mix of different jobs – at times even chauffeuring Henry Ford himself. The Chief was motivated, and during the day when he wasn’t working at Ford he sustained an ice delivery business with his brother. After the Great Depression hit, Frank drove his trucks to assist families forced from their homes move their possessions.

And thus, Corrigan Moving Systems was born.

World War II gave rise to a new concern to Frank and Corrigan Moving because of the challenge hiring help during the WWII years. Frank’s eldest son, Paul Corrigan, was called back from the Air Force in 1945 to aid the family and the family business. Paul had always dreamed of attending college. Instead, he took on the moving company, learning through what he termed the “school of hard knocks”.

Paul proved to be a gifted leader, and under his counsel Corrigan began to grow. In 1949, Corrigan joined United Van Lines because the prospect of being part of an agency-owned van line attracted Paul. The cooperative structure gives family-owned companies, like Corrigan, management over the direction of the van line.

Over the following 40 years, the Corrigan family grew along with the company. Paul married Kathleen O’Hehir in 1954 and together they brought up six children. At some point growing up all six kids worked at Corrigan.

In 1969 Corrigan started its second office in Ann Arbor, Michigan and worked as a two-location company for the next 15 years. Starting in 1984, it began a rapid eight-year growth and investment phase. New warehouses were started in Auburn Hills, Toledo, Flint, Bay City and Grand Rapids. In 1987, Corrigan purchased a new office in Farmington Hills and transferred their headquarters from the Dearborn office.

In 1995, the third generation took over the executive positions at the moving business.

Corrigan Moving has always embraced expansion possibilities that would help improve the quality and service offerings. Two top-tier options presented themselves to David Corrigan. So, in 2003, a warehouse was opened in Rochester, New York. Then a Chicago, Illinois location was added in 2006. These were the first Corrigan locations established 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 location joined in 2022.

As Corrigan has grown, it has also advanced its service offerings. Far from hauling ice, Corrigan now delivers a wide variety of solutions including household goods moving, commercial and office moving, record storage, systems furniture assembly and disassembly, logistics, and international freight forwarding.

Today, the Corrigan Family of Companies continues to honor Frank’s original code of ethics. And because of that, we have grown into the most reputable moving company in the nation.

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