Fran Matso Lysiak

Fran Matso Lysiak

Features Editor

@franmatsolysiak

Fran has been an editor or reporter for more than 20 years. Before arriving at Transport Topics, she covered regional business news, legal news and she covered the insurance industry for nearly 13 years.


Business, Technology, Equipment

FedEx Freight’s Phillip Pinter Captures TMC SuperTech Grand Champion Honors

2018 TMC SuperTech Grand Champion Phil Pinter of FedEx Freight 2018 TMC SuperTech Grand Champion Phillip Pinter of FedEx Freight by Jaclyn O'Laughlin

ORLANDO, Fla. — FedEx Freight technician Phillip Pinter earned the title of 2018 TMC SuperTech Grand Champion during the fall meeting here of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
September 18, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

TMC Set to Crown Next SuperTech Grand Champ

Mark McLean Last year's Grand Champion, Mark McLean. (Jaclyn O'Laughlin)

The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations is hosting its 2018 fall meeting and national technician skills competitions through Sept. 20 in Orlando, Fla.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
September 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Taking a Look at Turbo Compounding

Much is being said and written about the role electric power will someday play in moving Class 8 vehicles down the road, but for the foreseeable future most trucks still will be powered by good old-fashioned internal combustion engines. And there is plenty going on to advance the technology that powers those engines.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
July 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

The ‘Other’ Components: Oft Ignored, But Important

Engines. Brakes. Tires. These are among the major components of a Class 8 truck that tend to get the most attention in the transportation industry and in the trade press that covers it.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
May 11, 2018
Business

Fleet Managers Need Solid Grasp of Technology as Well as Knowing How to Fix Trucks, Exec Says

Darry Stuart, CEO of DWS Fleet Management Services (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Whether part of the older or younger crowd, today’s fleet maintenance managers and executives must have skills that blend the essential, basic knowledge of fixing trucks with a solid grasp of technology and data in order to survive and thrive, an industry executive said. 

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Must Learn From ‘Big Data,’ Maintenance Director Says

Chris Iveson of Challenger Motor Freight Inc. Iveson by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

“Big data” is essentially of no benefit to fleets if they don’t take all of the information they have on their equipment and repairs and learn from it, a maintenance director of a Canadian fleet said.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Emerging Technology Creates Challenges for Electric Vehicles, PepsiCo Exec. Says

Johnston Johnston by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Electric vehicles will have a large role in trucking’s future, but there are challenges, including emerging technology, said a PepsiCo Inc. fleet executive.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Putting the ‘Up’ in Uptime

"Uptime,” or keeping trucks running and earning money for their fleets and drivers rather than broken down on the side of the road, is a much-touted term in this industry — for good reason.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Jeff Harris Takes Over as TMC Chairman

TMC Chairman Jeff Harris John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Although trucking is undergoing rapid advancements in technology, Jeff Harris, the new general chairman of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, said the industry needs to get “back to the basics” when it comes to repairing equipment amid a massive industry shortage of technicians.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Truck-Lite Announces Partners for Road Ready Trailer Telematics System

Richard Richard by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Truck-Lite Co. announced two developments with its Road Ready trailer telematics system at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting here — a partnership with five industry suppliers and an installation app.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 7, 2018

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