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

Bridgestone HosePower Announces Acquisition of Seattle-Based Hydraulic Hose Co.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Bridgestone HosePower said on July 10 it’s expanding its hose business in the U.S. Pacific Northwest by acquiring Fittings Inc., a Seattle-based hydraulic and industrial hose sales and service company.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
July 10, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Tire Makers Work to Develop Product Lines That Promote Greater Fuel Efficiency

Tire makers say they continue to develop more fuel-efficient products ahead of tighter greenhouse gas emissions standards.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
June 5, 2017
Business

Mack Trucks Sees Its AMTs Increasing Adoption in the Market

Superior Transportation's Mack Pinnacle Model by Fran Matso Lysiak/Transport Topics

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As one part of its integrated powertrain strategy, Mack Trucks’ line of automated manual transmissions is seeing increasing adoption in the market, said executives with the heavy-duty truck maker.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
May 19, 2017
Business, Equipment

Electricity Is in the Air

Electric commercial trucks have generated a lot of buzz in recent months, particularly, it seems, since the unveiling last December in Salt Lake City of the upcoming Nikola One, a Class 8 for longhaul use developed by startup Nikola Motor Co.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
May 18, 2017
Business

Western Star Showcases Highway, Vocational Trucks to Mark 50th Anniversary

Fran Matso Lysiak/Transport Topics

PHOENIX — Western Star Trucks held a 50th anniversary event here on April 27, showcasing its custom trucks for highway and vocational applications and saluting its history rooted in Canada.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
April 28, 2017
Equipment

GHG Regulations Drive Engine, Trailer Development

The effect of current and future emissions regulations on the trucking industry, particularly those for engines and trailers, are examined in two stories in this issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
March 15, 2017
Special Coverage

VMRS Adoption Seen as Critical to Solving Parts Inefficiencies

Jack Poster by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Getting manufacturers in the trucking industry to adopt Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards, or VMRS, is currently under way and would go a long way toward greatly improving efficiencies in the parts supply chain, industry experts say.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
February 28, 2017
Special Coverage

Michelin Expands Tire Maintenance Program

Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Upgrades to its tire maintenance program and adding RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification Technology, to its truck tires and retreads represent a continued expansion of Michelin Americas Truck Tires’ products and services and are intended to put its emergency road service “out of business,” an executive with the company said.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
February 27, 2017
Special Coverage

Brakes Just as Vital to Company Success as Axles, Meritor Says

Chris Villavarayan by John Sommers II for TT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brakes are “absolutely key” to Meritor’s growth and performance going forward, according to an executive with the company.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
February 27, 2017
Special Coverage, Business

TMC Prepares for 2017 Annual Meeting; Aftertreatment Systems, GHG Top Issues

John Sommers II for TT

The latest challenges and trends in the maintenance of heavy-duty trucking equipment, such as engine exhaust aftertreatment systems and the impact of greenhouse-gas regulations on fleets, are among the topics to be addressed at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2017 annual meeting and transportation technology exhibition set for later this month.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
February 16, 2017

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