Century Bancorp, the holding company of Century Bank, continued to increase commercial and industrial lending, while also reporting double-digit income growth in the third quarter of this year.

Proxy: Century Had Two Banks Vying for a Deal

Eastern Bank Chairman and CEO Bob Rivers began his quest to acquire Century Bank less than a week after Eastern Bank went public in October, according to a new SEC filing, while Century sought other bidders, including one New England bank that remained in the mix until a month before the Eastern deal was announced.