PLS Climbs Crain’s List of Largest Privately Held Companies; Ranked #112 on 2011 List

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PLS ranked #112 among Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies in the recently released issue of Crain’s Chicago Business. PLS climbed 11 spots from the company’s #123 ranking in 2010. Headquartered in Chicago, the PLS group of companies operates more than 300 financial services centers in nine states, with more than 3100 employees.

PLS stands for People—Location—Service. We believe that our focus on these three key values makes a difference for our customers, and our continued climb through the ranks on Crain’s list affirms that commitment.

PLS ranked #112 among Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies in the recently released issue of Crain’s Chicago Business. PLS climbed 11 spots from the company’s #123 ranking in 2010.

Headquartered in Chicago, the PLS group of companies operates more than 300 financial services centers in nine states, with more than 3100 employees.

“Our continued growth is a testimony to the dedication and commitment of our 3100 team members,” commented Dan Wolfberg, PLS President. “We’re gratified to be ranked among the very prominent companies on this list.”

Crain’s ranking of the Largest Privately Held Companies in Chicago is based on revenue. In 2010 PLS posted more than $268 million in revenue, up ten percent from its 2009 total. The company was ranked #154 on Crain’s 2009 list.

“PLS stands for People—Location—Service,” stated Bob Wolfberg, President, PLS. “We believe that our focus on these three key values makes a difference for our customers, and our continued climb through the ranks on Crain’s list affirms that commitment.”

About PLS: People. Location. Service.

Chicago-based PLS Financial Services, Inc., manages more than 300 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 top-ranked 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 four years, PLS has been named one of Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies by Crain’s Chicago Business®, and was a member of Crain’s “Fast 50” (Fastest Growing Companies). Bob and Dan Wolfberg, PLS Presidents, were finalists for Ernst & Young’s 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The company has also been honored with the Activa Award from the Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA) in recognition of its charitable efforts.

The PLS brands include PLS Check Cashers, which offers check cashing, prepaid debit cards, 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, which offers vehicle license and registration services.

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