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Luck Stone, Caterpillar look to the future

By |  January 9, 2023

P&Q had the unique opportunity last week to attend CES in Las Vegas, where Luck Stone and Caterpillar discussed their longtime partnership and how they’re collaborating to bring autonomous hauling technology to the aggregate industry.

Luck Stone’s Charlie Luck IV and Travis Chewning sat down with P&Q to discuss the project and what’s ahead at the company’s Bull Run Plant in Chantilly, Virginia, where autonomous haulers are expected to be deployed in 2024. Denise Johnson and Aaron Donnelli, meanwhile, offered perspective from Cat’s point of view, detailing how the companies will work together and how autonomous tech is expected to work in a quarry setting.

Look for full coverage of this story in P&Q’s February 2023 edition, and check out our initial thoughts on this development here. Sights from last week’s CES are below.

From left: Luck Stone’s Ryan Emmons, Paige Gill, Charlie Luck IV and Travis Chewning were present at CES in Las Vegas to celebrate the company’s new venture with Caterpillar. Photo: P&Q Staff

From left: Luck Stone’s Ryan Emmons, Paige Gill, Charlie Luck IV and Travis Chewning were present at CES in Las Vegas to celebrate the company’s new venture with Caterpillar. Photo: P&Q Staff

Showcasing a 100-ton 777 hauler in its CES booth, Caterpillar offered details about how it will collaborate with Luck Stone to bring autonomous hauling technology to the company’s Bull Run Plant in Chantilly, Virginia. Photo: P&Q Staff

Showcasing a 100-ton 777 hauler in its CES booth, Caterpillar offered details about how it will collaborate with Luck Stone to bring autonomous hauling technology to the company’s Bull Run Plant in Chantilly, Virginia. Photo: P&Q Staff

CES attendees had the opportunity to visit with Caterpillar representatives and see how autonomous hauling technology works. Photo: P&Q Staff

CES attendees had the opportunity to visit with Caterpillar representatives and see how autonomous hauling technology works. Photo: P&Q Staff

In addition to the 100-ton hauler, Caterpillar invited CES attendees to operate a dozer (left) and excavator remotely. Photo: P&Q Staff

In addition to the 100-ton haul truck, Caterpillar invited CES attendees to operate a dozer (left) and excavator remotely. Photo: P&Q Staff

Those who hopped into the dozer simulator operated a machine in Arizona 445 miles away from Las Vegas. Photo: P&Q Staff

Those who hopped into the dozer simulator operated a machine in Arizona 445 miles away from Las Vegas. Photo: P&Q Staff

Luck Stone expects to deploy a series of autonomous 777 haul trucks at its Bull Run Plant in 2024. Photo: P&Q Staff

Luck Stone expects to deploy a series of autonomous 777 haul trucks at its Bull Run Plant in 2024. Photo: P&Q Staff

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry. He can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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