PLS Ranked on Crain’s Chicago Business' “Fast 50” List for Fourth Consecutive Year

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Crain’s Chicago Business has named PLS to the publication’s annual “Fast 50” list for the fourth straight year. The list, published June 6, ranks the fastest-growing public and private companies in the Chicago area based on five-year revenue growth. PLS is ranked #29 on the list.

“PLS stands for People—Location—Service. Our focus on this foundation is the basis for our success.

Crain’s Chicago Business has named PLS to the publication’s annual “Fast 50” list for the fourth straight year. The list, published June 6, ranks the fastest-growing public and private companies in the Chicago area based on five-year revenue growth. PLS is ranked #29 on the list.

The PLS group of companies operates more than 300 financial services centers in nine states. The PLS mission is to provide innovative and convenient financial services delivered with the respect that hard-working consumers deserve.

“On behalf of our more than 3,100 team members, I want to say that we’re very gratified to appear on the ‘Fast 50’ list four years in a row,” said Bob Wolfberg, President, PLS. “The innovative new products and services we’ve introduced over the past year—and the commitment and dedication of our store teams—have fueled this growth.

“PLS stands for People—Location—Service,” continued Wolfberg. “Our focus on this foundation is the basis for our success. We believe our market share will continue to grow due to our talented people offering in-demand products and services at convenient locations, with superior customer service.”

PLS is considering relocating its headquarters from Chicago, where it was founded in 1997, to Texas when its lease expires next year. "We're looking for a low-tax state with great incentives to help us continue to grow the company," said Wolfberg.

About PLS: People. Location. Service.

Chicago-based PLS Financial Services manages more than 300 financial services 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 the “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago” 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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