Manufacturers Hanover Corporation

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Manufacturers Hanover Corporation
Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company
Traded as NYSE: MHC
Industry Bank holding company
Fate Acquired by Chemical Bank and assumed the name Chemical.
Successor Chemical Bank
  • 1905; 112 years ago (1905) (as Citizens)
  • 1987; 30 years ago (1987) (as Manufacturers Hanover)
Defunct June 22, 1992; 25 years ago (1992-06-22)
Headquarters New York City
Products Financial services
A bronze doorway in the New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan that formerly led to a branch of the Manufacturers Trust Company

Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, was the bank holding company formed as parent of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, a large New York bank formed by a merger in 1961. After 1969, Manufacturers Hanover Trust became a subsidiary of Manufacturers Hanover Corporation. Charles J. Stewart was the company's first president and chairman.[1]

The corporation acquired the former Union Carbide Corporation headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, and though it merged into Chemical Banking Corporation for $1.9 billion in 1991, the successor corporations down to today's J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. have continued to locate their headquarters in that building.


Manufacturers Trust Company[edit]

Manufacturers Hanover traces its origins to the 1905 founding of Citizens Trust Company of Brooklyn. Through a series of acquisitions, the bank would grow into one of New York's largest banks within its first twenty years. Citizens Trust's first major acquisitions came with its mergers with the Broadway Bank of Brooklyn in 1912 and then two years later with the Manufacturers National Bank of Brooklyn (1914). In 1915, the bank adopted the older "Manufacturers" name, changing its name to the Manufacturers Trust Company. The "Manufacturers" name had been in use since 1858, when the Mechanics' Bank of Williamsburgh (founded 1853) was renamed the Manufacturers National Bank. Coincidentally, Manufacturers Trust Company had also been the name of a Brooklyn-based bank, founded in 1896 and acquired in 1902 by the Title Guarantee and Trust Company, another Brooklyn bank.[2]

Manufacturers Trust acquired a Manhattan presence with its acquisition of the West Side Bank of New York in 1918. Later Manufacturers Trust acquired the Ridgewood National Bank of Queens (1921), the North Side Bank of Brooklyn (1922), the Industrial Bank of New York (1922), the Columbia Bank of New York (1923), and the Yorkville Bank of New York (1925), to become the 29th largest bank in the United States by 1925.[3]

Continued Consolidation (1961–1992)[edit]

The 1960-1986 Logo

In 1961, Manufacturers Trust Company merged with Central Hanover Bank & Trust Company (Hanover Trust) creating Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. The bank became the main source of financing for check cashing stores. The bank reached its commercial heyday in the mid-1970s, when it ran a series of commercials that used the tagline, "It's banking the way you want it to be." Twilight Zone writer Rod Serling and comedian Paul Lynde served as celebrity spokesmen. At the same time, a Manufacturers Hanover billboard advertising "Super Checking" was a prominent feature of the newly renovated Yankee Stadium. Also during that period, Manufacturers Hanover heavily promoted its "Any Car" Loan using an "Any Car", known as the "FordChevAmChrysWagon", made up of parts from 40 different cars.

In 1987, the bank bought some of the branches of Dollar Dry Dock Savings Bank. In 1992, it bought the New York City branches of the failed Goldome. By 1992, it was running out of money due to savings account interest rates and bad loans.[citation needed] On June 22 of that year, Chemical Bank had purchased the operations of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, and on that day, Manufactures Hanover ceased to exist.[4]

Following the merger with Chemical, in 1996, the new Chemical bought Chase Manhattan Bank and four years later would merge with J.P. Morgan & Co. to form JPMorgan Chase.

Prior to acquisition, the bank was sometimes referred to as "Manny Hanny."[5]

Timeline of mergers and name changes[edit]

Former Manufacturers Hanover corporate offices at 270 Park Avenue, today the headquarters of JPMorgan Chase

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Charles Stewart Dies; An Ex-Bank Executive (obituary)". The New York Times. July 17, 1987. Retrieved 20 June 2008. 
  2. ^ "Trust Concerns Unite". The New York Times. 1 November 1902. (Subscription required (help)).  Link via ProQuest.
  3. ^ "Another merger of New York Banks". The New York Times. 20 February 1925. (Subscription required (help)).  Link via ProQuest.
  4. ^ Quint, Michael (June 22, 1992). "Manufacturers Hanover Fades Out". New York Times. 
  5. ^ Waite, Thomas L. (August 28, 1988). "POSTINGS: Manny Hanny's Move; 5th to Madison". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Quint, Michael (November 29, 1990). "Hanover Deal For Deposits Of Goldome". New York Times.