Our Story

Our story

Since 1969

Chieftain was founded by John D Quinn who’s passion for engineering was evident at a very early age.

Since 1975

Initially John had developed an Industrial Loader, however at a customer’s request, he turned his attentions to designing and manufacturing machines for Ireland’s peat industry.

Specialised Trailer
Excavator with chieftain trailer

Since 1979

When the peat industry started to decline, John continued his commitment to developing products for those that built, transformed and cultivated the land.

Since 1980

In the beginning, Chieftain specialised in the production of tractor drawn low loaders and dump trailers.

early dump trailer
Spreader Trailer hitched to tractor

Since 1990

Then in the early 90’s Chieftain entered the commercial truck drawn market with their first commercial drawbar low loader. Chieftain’s commitment to Research and Development soon saw the introduction of trailers for Fuel transport, Waste and Recycling, Rail, Forestry and other highly specialised industries.

Since 2000

The story of Chieftain is one of hard work, determination and innovation. The company has seen many changes and challenges in its business, but the true essence of Chieftain has always been its commitment and dedication to product development and innovation.

Photo of Chieftain Trailer
Early version of a Chieftain Trailer

The Professional Choice

Chieftain use their knowledge and expertise in the design and manufacture of their product range making them the professional choice.


As a family run business, Chieftain realise that pursuing a business opportunity requires bravery. Our experiences have cemented our purpose for helping you face your challenges and become more productive. We fully appreciate your demanding requirements and we are here to help.

Lorry with trailer and digger
Trailer with Diggers


The quality of a company can often be expressed through the quality of its leadership and Chieftain by definition means “Leader of Men”. Chieftain’s highly skilled men and women have many years of experience in the trailer industry. Their attention to detail and commitment to engineering excellence ensures Chieftain have the experience, the expertise, the values and the will to keep Chieftain what it has always been – a great company.

Innovation is in our Blood

At Chieftain, innovation translates customer’s requirements into new products. Our continued aim is to set the pace for innovation and be the benchmark for innovation success in our industry.

Chieftain Rail and Road Trailer