PLZ Corp. Names New CEO

Brett Finley joins the company from Fortune Brands with the goal of driving future growth in several key categories.
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PLZ Corp has named Brett Finley as the company’s new chief executive officer. With more than 25 years of specialty manufacturing industry experience, Finley joins PLZ from Fortune Brands.

“PLZ is a leader in producing innovative specialty aerosol and liquid products and packing solutions for its customers, and I am thrilled to join the company’s leadership team,” said Mr. Finley. “I am impressed by the exceptional quality of PLZ’s products and its commitment to customer-centered solutions.”

Based in Downers Grove, Ill., the PLZ family of companies specialize in the development, manufacturing, packaging and distribution of a comprehensive line of contract fill, branded and private-label products. These include personal care products, cleaners and polishes, industrial solvents, lubricants and degreasers, adhesives, sanitary supply disinfectants, insecticides and air fresheners for home and industrial use.

During his tenure at Fortune Brands, Finley served as president of Outdoors & Security. He was responsible for overseeing organic and inorganic growth initiatives and managed a business segment with 7,800 employees across five business units. He previously held leadership roles with IDEX Corporation, serving as senior vice president, corporate officer and president of the Asia division. 

“We are delighted to have Brett’s seasoned leadership at the helm of PLZ,” said John Ferring, chairman of PLZ. “His industry experience gives him a deep understanding of our end markets, spanning from household products to industrial solutions and personal care. Brett’s extensive technical expertise, combined with his commitment to operational excellence makes him the right fit to drive PLZ’s next phase of growth and expansion.”

PLZ said it continues to enhance its service offering and capabilities through strategic acquisitions and has completed 18 acquisitions since 2010. Two of PLZ’s most recent acquisitions include 220 Laboratories, an innovator and formulator of hair, skin and body products, and Champion Brands, a manufacturer of specialty lubricants for the automotive and industrial markets.