The Corrigan Story
Our story is one of family
Frank “The Chief” Corrigan came to Dearborn, Michigan, in 1923, lured by the $5 daily pay given by Ford Motor Company. At Ford, Frank worked 3rd shift on the Ford farms carrying out a variety of different jobs – sometimes even driving Henry Ford himself. The Chief was ambitious, and in the daytime when he was not employed at Ford he operated an ice delivery company with his brother. After the Great Depression hit, Frank used his trucks to serve families forced from their homes move their belongings.
And thus, Corrigan Moving Systems was born.
World War II brought about a new concern to Frank and Corrigan Moving on account of the struggle finding help during the war years. Frank’s eldest 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 going to college. Instead, he assumed management of the moving company, learning through what he called the “school of hard knocks”.
Paul was a respected leader, and under his guidance Corrigan started to grow. In 1949, Corrigan joined United Van Lines because the prospect of joining an agency-owned van line appealed to Paul. The co-op structure gives agents, like Corrigan, a voice in the direction of the van line.
Over the following forty years, the Corrigan family expanded along with the business. Paul married Kathleen O’Hehir in 1954 and together they brought up six kids. While growing up all six children worked at Corrigan - either on the trucks or in the office.
In 1969 Corrigan opened its second location in Ann Arbor, Michigan and ran as a two-warehouse business for the next 15 years. In 1984, it kicked off a rapid eight-year expansion and procurement phase. New locations were opened in Auburn Hills, Toledo, Flint, Bay City and Grand Rapids. In 1987, Corrigan bought a new office in Farmington Hills and relocated their home office from the Dearborn office.
In 1995, Paul’s sons took over the executive positions at the moving company.
Corrigan Moving has always embraced expansion options that help increase its quality and service offerings. Two excellent possibilities became available to David Corrigan, and so, in 2003, a branch was added in Rochester, New York. Then a Chicago, Illinois location was added in 2006. These were the first Corrigan locations in these two states. Greater expansion brought a warehouse in Cleveland, Ohio; and in 2018, a warehouse was opened in Buffalo, New York. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania warehouse joined in 2022.
As Corrigan has advanced, it has also expanded its offerings. A long way from hauling ice, Corrigan now handles a broad 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 team continues to live by Frank’s original code of ethics. And because of that purpose, we have grown into the most respected moving companies in the nation.
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