From the earliest years, Hanover was known for skilled artisans and craftsmen who made shoes, saddles, breeches, gloves, clocks, bricks, flintlock guns and more.
With 19th century industrialization, individual craftsmen transitioned to factory settings.
· Small bakeries expanded into snack food companies of the 20th century including Utz Quality Foods, Snyders of Hanover, Revonah Pretzels, and Wege Pretzels.
· Tannery and leather cottage industries grew to become the Hanover Glove Company and Sheppard and Myers Shoe Company.
· For many years Hanoverians annually produced 2,000 or more buggies and other pleasure carriages.
· Cigar making industrialized and by 1907 thirty factories were located within the Borough. Between 1880 - 1905, cigar making was the leading manufacturing enterprise in Hanover.
· Brick making, which had been important in the early years, became a major industry by the 1880's.
· Hanover Foundry, Fitz Water Wheel Company, and J.S. young Company, well known for extracts from tree bark, became prominent by 1900.