New Jersey's Hubco Inc. is one of the most voracious creatures in the bank consolidation food chain.

In the last five years, the Mahwah-based community banking company has grown sixfold in assets, through 16 acquisitions in northern New Jersey and, most recently, Connecticut. Five of the deals have been announced - three completed - in the last 12 months. Three acquisitions announced and two completed since December have made Hubco the most active buyer among community banks this year.

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