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 offered by Ford Motor Company. At Ford, Frank worked 3rd shift on the Ford farms performing a range of different jobs – at times even driving Henry Ford himself. The Chief was ambitious, and during the day when he was not employed at Ford he operated an ice delivery service with his brother. When the Great Depression hit, Frank operated his trucks to serve families forced from their homes move their possessions.

And thus, Corrigan Moving Systems was born.

World War II brought about a new difficulty to Frank and Corrigan Moving on account of the struggle finding movers while the war was going on. Frank’s oldest son, Paul Corrigan, was ordered back from the Air Force in 1945 to assist his family and the family business. Paul had always dreamed of getting a degree at college. Instead, he took on the moving company, going through what he named the “school of hard knocks”.

Paul showed himself to be a talented leader, and under his direction Corrigan began to grow. In 1949, Corrigan joined United Van Lines because the idea of being part of an agency-owned van line interested Paul. The cooperative ownership structure allows family-owned companies, like Corrigan, control over the future of the van line.

Over the following forty years, the Corrigan family grew along with the business. Paul married Kathleen O’Hehir in 1954 and together they raised six children. While growing up all six of the children worked at Corrigan in some capacity, either as a mover or in the office.

In 1969 Corrigan started its second warehouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan and worked as a two-location business for the following 15 years. Starting in 1984, they started a quick eight-year expansion and procurement phase. New branches were started in Auburn Hills, Toledo, Flint, Bay City and Grand Rapids. In 1987, Corrigan bought a new warehouse facility in Farmington Hills and relocated their home office from the Dearborn office.

In 1995, Paul’s sons were promoted to the top positions at the moving business.

Corrigan Moving has always embraced expansion possibilities that help improve the quality and solution offerings. Two excellent options became available to David Corrigan, and so, in 2003, a warehouse was added in Rochester, New York. A Chicago, Illinois location came in 2006. These were the first Corrigan locations in each of these states. More advancement brought an office in Cleveland, Ohio; and in 2018, a warehouse was added in Buffalo, New York. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania warehouse was added in 2022.

As Corrigan has grown, it has also grown its offerings. Far from hauling ice, Corrigan now delivers a wide range of solutions such as household goods relocation, commercial and workplace moving, record storage, systems furniture assembly and disassembly, logistics, and international freight forwarding.

Today, the Corrigan Family of Companies continues to live by Frank’s founding mission. And thanks to that, we have advanced into the most reputable moving company countrywide.

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