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Two reasons the U.S. economy is taking off is the falling cost of en- ergy and the reduction of regulations. The oil shale boom in the U.S. helps keep energy costs down, Moore said, while the administration has kept a campaign promise to cut overbur- densome regulations. On the issue of tariffs, Moore, who described himself as a “free- trader,” nonetheless said the recent imposition of U.S. levies on Chinese goods—which includes aluminum and steel—could lead to a better trade agreement between the two giants of the world economy. Moore said lower tax rates on


American businesses and cuts to excessive regulations will encourage continued growth in the U.S. economy, including the industrial sector. “If you get this regulatory burden


off the backs of American businesses, there’s nobody who can compete with us,” he said.


Other Sights and Sounds


Te AFS Institute offered three courses this year: Virtual Casting Process, Identifying the Correct Casting Defect, and Creating a Cul- ture of Respect Trough Feedback. Te latter course was led by Cindy Maher and Jamie Guite of Leading Edge Coaching & Development and reviewed ways to support a thriving workplace through properly deliver- ing and receiving feedback. Other networking events in-


cluded the Annual Banquet, Copper Division Luncheon, Women in Metalcasting Breakfast, Division Recognition Luncheon, Alumni Dinner, Future Leaders of Met-


alcasting meeting and the Presi- dents Luncheon.


Honor Roll The AFS Board of Awards


presented the metalcasting indus- try’s top honor, the Gold Medal Award, to John R. Keough, P.E., and David V. Neff, Ph.D. Keough, proprietor of Joyworks


LLC (Ann Arbor, Michigan), was awarded the Thomas W. Pang- born Gold Medal “for pioneer- ing efforts in the advancement of the marketing of metal castings through the education of current and future customers.” Neff, formerly the technical man-


ager and director of management for Metaullics Systems (Cleveland) be- fore his retirement, won the John A. Penton Gold Medal “for his techni-


John Keough, proprietor of Joyworks LLC (Ann Arbor, Michigan), was awarded the Thomas W. Pangborn Gold Medal.


40 | MODERN CASTING May 2018


David Neff, formerly the technical manager and director of management for Metaullics Systems (Cleveland) before his retirement, won the John A. Penton Gold Medal.


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