Edson International co-owner and general manager Hank Keene announced his retirement, which was effective March 25, because the effects of Parkinson's disease no longer allow him to continue in the position.
The New Bedford, Mass.-based maker of marine steering systems and other products said Keene had given his heart and soul to the company for 38 years. He enjoyed long-term relationships with customers and suppliers, making many friends in the industry.
The company said Keene’s management style has endeared him to his long-standing and devoted employees. Helping to design, engineer, and manufacture the Edson world-class product line made him most proud, the company said.
The company said Keene has served on the board of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association since 1979 and was its president from 1992 to 1994. He will remain on the board.
Keene also has been involved at various levels with the New Bedford Industrial Foundation for 30 years.