Most new businesses use awards as a way to validate their business plans. Corrigan Moving Systems can point to four generations of family ownership for that. For the Farmington Hills-based company, awards are more a point of pride.
That's the case with its recent winning of the United Van Lines'
2013 President's Quality Award, which recognizes the top company in the United Van Lines system. The 85-year-old company won the initial offering of this award in 1995 and has been aiming to repeat that success ever since.
"It has been something we have been striving for for a long time," says Kevin Corrigan, general manager of Corrigan Moving Systems
. "It's great to reach this peak."
It also recognizes the company's growth. The firm now has 12 locations in four states across the Midwest, including nine in Michigan. Corrigan Moving Systems has grown its revenue by 5 percent this year, including a 10 percent jump in revenue in southeast Michigan. It has also hired 200 people over the last year, including 30 full-time employees.
Corrigan Moving Systems has achieved that growth by incorporating more technology into its traditional business model. For instance, the firm has enabled its drivers and other workers to use iPads to handle deliveries and inventory.
"People see moving as an old business," Corrigan says. "We have been using technology to help streamline our business."
Source: Kevin Corrigan, general manager of Corrigan Moving Systems.
Writer: Jon Zemke
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