PLS Climbs Crain’s List of Largest Privately Held Companies; Ranked #123 on 2010 List

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PLS ranked #123 among Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies in the recently released Crain’s Chicago Business. PLS climbed 31 spots from its 2009 #154 ranking.

This is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our 3100 team members.

PLS ranked #123 among Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies in the recently released Crain’s Chicago Business. PLS climbed 31 spots from its 2009 #154 ranking.

PLS (plsfinancial.com) operates more than 350 financial services centers, with more than 3100 employees.

“This is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our 3100 team members,” commented Bob Wolfberg, PLS President. “There’s only one way you can continue to grow like this, and that’s when you have everybody on the team pulling hard in the same direction.”

Crain’s ranking of the Largest Privately Held Companies in Chicago is based on revenue. In 2009 PLS posted more than $244 million in revenue, up 11.9% from its 2008 total. The company was ranked #186 on Crain’s 2008 list.

“PLS stands for People—Location—Service,” stated Dan Wolfberg, President, PLS. “We’ll continue to grow due to our combination of talented, dedicated people offering popular products at convenient locations with superior customer service.”

PLS has always been proud of its Chicago roots and is honored by Crain’s recognition. “Chicago has been our home for nearly 14 years, and we are proud to be a good neighbor in our neighborhoods,” remarked Bob Wolfberg. “We hope to remain in Illinois for many years to come and will not comment on rumors that we are being courted to move our headquarters.”

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 3,100 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. For the past three years, PLS was named one of Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies by Crain’s Chicago Business®, and in 2008 and 2009 was a member of Crain’s “Fast 50” (Fastest Growing Companies). 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 Check Cashers, which offers check cashing, money transfer services, money orders and bill payments; PLS Loan Store, which provides consumer micro-loans and tax-preparation services; and PLS Motor Vehicle Services.

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