PLS's Brookfield WI Tech Office Expands Staff

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PLS's aggressive hiring efforts are helping fuel the economic recovery of the Milwaukee area, as the company has added six team members in an expansion of its Information Technology Center in suburban Brookfield, WI. The Brookfield office handles custom software development for point-of-sale and back-office support, and serves as the tech support desk for PLS's more than 350 stores.

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The economic recovery of the Milwaukee area is being fueled by companies such as PLS, which has recently added to its employee base. This year, PLS has added six team members in an expansion of its Information Technology Center in suburban Brookfield, WI.

The Brookfield office handles custom software development for point-of-sale and back-office support for PLS. "Our Brookfield staff also oversees software integration with our vendors across the U.S., as well as software quality assurance," says Rick Hartline, PLS's Director of Software Development. "And just as important -- we serve as the tech support desk for all of our stores."

The rapid growth of PLS, which manages more than 350 stores in nine states, has driven the expansion of the Brookfield office to 18 team members, with an operating budget of over $1.5 million. "We're very pleased to hire local people," reports Hartline. "Milwaukee's a great market with a terrific talent pool, and we were able to find people with the specialized skills we need. We've put together a phenomenal staff."

"We depend on our Information Technology Center every minute of every day," states Bob Wolfberg, President, PLS. "The work they do in Brookfield is integral to our company's growth and success."

About PLS: People. Location. Service.
Chicago-based PLS Financial Services, Inc., manages more than 350 financial service centers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, with more than 3,000 employees. PLS is one of the largest, fastest growing and most distinguished organizations in the check cashing industry, and is a Western Union money transfer network.

PLS is listed on Inc. magazine's "5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America," and has been named one of Chicago's "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" by the National Association of Business Resources. In 2008 and 2009, PLS was named one of Chicago's Largest Privately Held Companies, as well as a member of the "Fast 50" (Fastest Growing Companies) by Crain's Chicago Business®. The company has also been honored with the Activa Award from the Financial Service Centers of American (FiSCA) in recognition of its charitable efforts.

The PLS brands include: PLS Loan Store, which provides consumer micro-loans and tax-preparation services; PLS Check Cashers, which offers check cashing, money transfer services, money orders and bill payments; and PLS Vehicle Registration.

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