Manufacturers Hanover Corporation

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]

Manufacturers Hanover Corporation
Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company
Traded asNYSE: MHC
IndustryBank holding company
FateAcquired by Chemical Bank and assumed the name Chemical after the 1991 merger.
SuccessorChemical Bank
  • 1905; 115 years ago (1905) (as Citizens)
  • 1987; 33 years ago (1987) (as Manufacturers Hanover)
DefunctJune 22, 1992; 27 years ago (1992-06-22)
HeadquartersNew York City
ProductsFinancial services
A bronze doorway in the New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan that formerly led to a branch of the Manufacturers Trust Company

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 CompanyEdit

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]

In 1932, Manufacturers Trust created the National Hotel Management Company (NMH) to centrally oversee the hotels the bank held mortgages on. They appointed hotel pioneer Ralph Hitz as President of the NMH. This was because, even at the height of the great depression, Hitz had been able to turn a profit at the New Yorker Hotel, which the Manufacturers Trust also held the mortgage for. By the time of Hitz's death in 1940, the NHM had become the largest hotel organization in the United States and managed the New Yorker, the Lexington and the Belmont Plaza hotels (New York); the Congress Hotel (Chicago); the Netherland Plaza (Cincinnati); Adolphus Hotel (Dallas); the Van Cleve (Dayton); the Book-Cadillac (Detroit); the Nicollet Hotel (Minneapolis); The New York Municipal Airport Restaurants (New York) and the Eastern Slope Inn (North Conway, New Hampshire).[4]

The National Hotel Management Company was dissolved within a month of Hitz's death in 1940.[5]

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 purchased the operations of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, and on that day, Manufactures Hanover ceased to exist.[6]

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."[7]

Timeline of mergers and name changesEdit

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

The timeline below, unless otherwise noted, indicates the purchase of the named entity by Manufacturers Hanover Corporation or its immediate controlling predecessors. Exceptions include the first and last entries (original charter and dissolution of the company by buyout, respectively), and several name changes.[8]

Central Hanover Bank & Trust CompanyEdit

The final name of the company was Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, and the primary banking subsidiary was Manufacturers Hanover Trust. This name was a result of the merger of predecessor Manufacturers Trust with Central Hanover Bank & Trust.

Central Hanover was also a large, well-known bank before the merger. It was formed in 1929 from the merger of two other banking giants of the time, Central Union Trust Company and Hanover National Bank.[10]

Hanover National built one of the early skyscrapers of New York, the Hanover National Building at 11 Nassau Street. It had twenty-two floors and was 385 feet high.[11]

The corporate history of predecessor Hanover Bank is as follows:[8]

  • 1851 – Established Hanover Bank, NYS charter
  • 1865 – Name change to Hanover National Bank of the City of New York (Federal)
  • 1929 – Name change to Hanover Bank of the City of New York (NYS)
  • 1929 – Bought by Central Union Trust Company of New York (see below)

The corporate history of predecessor Central Union Trust Company is as follows:[8][12]

  • 1873 – Established Central Trust Company of New York
  • 1901 – Continental National Bank of New York (est. 1853)
  • 1912 – Gallatin National Bank of the City of New York (est. 1829)
  • 1918 – Union Trust Company of New York, changed name to Central Union Trust Company of New York
  • 1927 – Greenwich National Bank of the City of New York (est. 1830)
  • 1929 – Hanover Bank of the City of New York, changed name to Central Hanover Bank and Trust Company
  • 1951 – Changed name to Hanover Bank (no merger)
  • 1961 – Bought by Manufacturers Trust Company

See alsoEdit



  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. Link via ProQuest.
  3. ^ "Another merger of New York Banks". The New York Times. 20 February 1925. Link via ProQuest.
  4. ^ Pearson Education; Hospitality Leaders
  5. ^ The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) · Wed, Jan 31, 1940 · Page 5
  6. ^ Quint, Michael (June 22, 1992). "Manufacturers Hanover Fades Out". New York Times.
  7. ^ Waite, Thomas L. (August 28, 1988). "POSTINGS: Manny Hanny's Move; 5th to Madison". The New York Times.
  8. ^ a b c "New York Bank History - National Bank History". Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  9. ^ Quint, Michael (November 29, 1990). "Hanover Deal For Deposits Of Goldome". New York Times.
  10. ^ "$722,000,000 MERGER OF BANKS EXPECTED; Central Union Trust Co. and Hanover National Reported in Negotiations. DAVISON DENIES ANY DEAL But Says He is No Prophet-- Wall St. Hears Terms Are 3 for 1 Exchange of Stock. SHARES SOARED RECENTLY Securities of Both Old Powers in Street Have Appreciated Greatly Since Stock Dividends. Remarkable Rise in Hanover Stock. Central Long a Wall Street Power". The New York Times. 1929-03-16. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  11. ^ "Hanover National Bank Building". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  12. ^ "New York Bank History - National Bank History". Retrieved 2018-05-02.