Huntington Rolls Out the Green Carpet to Former Sky Customers
Combined organization offers more convenience, expanded resources
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (Nasdaq: HBAN) today announced that approximately 600,000 former Sky Bank consumer household and business accounts were successfully converted to Huntington during the weekend of September 21, resulting in more convenience and more product choices for customers.
The change for Sky Bank customers results from the merger between Huntington and Sky Financial Group Inc. on July 1, 2007, and subsequent consolidation of Sky Bank into The Huntington National Bank effective at the close of business on September 21, 2007.
"This merger not only provides expanded resources to our customers, but also represents an ideal combination. We have incorporated people and service offerings from both companies that allow us to meet the needs of our customers more effectively as one company," said Thomas Hoaglin, chairman and chief executive officer. "We began sharing information about the transition and the benefits of the acquisition with our customers several months ago with the goal of making this conversion as smooth as possible."
Convenience and expanded offerings
Customers now have access to 610 banking offices, and almost 1,400 ATMs in six states. Huntington is the 24th largest bank in the U.S., in Ohio the third largest bank in deposits with 344 banking offices, and in Indiana the fifth largest bank in deposits.
Additionally, customers have more choice with Huntington Select Checking (SM) accounts. The checking packages will allow customers to choose from one to five free options depending on their account -- use of a non-Huntington ATM, a safe deposit box, overdraft protection, check orders, and check image statements.
Business customers gain access to a broader array of deposit, financing and cash management options with bankers dedicated to service, as recently recognized in Greenwich Associates' Business Banking Study. Huntington received five Excellence Awards for business banking customer satisfaction and various product capabilities.
Top-rated online banking
Huntington Online Banking and Bill Pay make banking even easier. One of the most highly-rated online banking experiences in the country, Online Banking provides a secure and convenient way to bank anywhere, any time. Features include:
-- Enhanced login security; -- 16 months of check and statement images; -- Future-dated and recurring transfers; -- Expanded loan and credit line history; -- Easy reporting tools; and -- A variety of ways to sort transactions.
Huntington's Business Online service also provides improved features, functionality and security. For example, when customers log in on September 24, they will be able to view 12 months of paid check, deposit ticket and credit/debit memo image history on their Huntington checking and savings accounts. Prior to the enhancement, customers were able to view only 90- calendar days of image information. Additional enhancements include:
-- Strengthened security via tokens; and -- Commercial loan payment and advance capabilities.
Advertising welcomes customers
Television, print and radio advertising appearing in many markets is designed to help convey Huntington's excitement about the opportunity to meet the financial needs of the former Sky customers by rolling out the green carpet and features local-feeling scenes. The green carpet featured in the advertisements also is welcoming customers in the banking offices. The introductory advertising campaign will run through early October.
"We wanted customers to know that, as Huntington, the same associates they have come to know over the years will continue to help them with their financial needs," said Marty Adams, Huntington's new president and chief operating officer and formerly Sky Financial's chairman and chief executive officer. "We are pleased to now have access to expanded resources and locations to serve clients, while maintaining our commitment to our communities."
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $54 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Through its affiliated companies, Huntington has more than 141 years of serving the financial needs of its customers. Huntington provides innovative retail and commercial financial products and services through over 600 regional banking offices in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Huntington also offers retail and commercial financial services online at huntington.com; through its technologically advanced, 24-hour telephone bank; and through its network of almost 1,400 ATMs. Selected financial service activities are also conducted in other states including: Dealer Sales offices in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee; Private Financial and Capital Markets Group offices in Florida; and Mortgage Banking offices in Maryland and New Jersey. Sky Insurance offers retail and commercial insurance agency services, through offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and West Virginia. International banking services are made available through the headquarters office in Columbus, a limited purpose office located in the Cayman Islands, and another located in Hong Kong. The company is located on the web at www.huntington.com.
SOURCE Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
Released September 24, 2007