Biz Notes

L.T. Hampel Corp.

Germantown-based L.T. Hampel Corp. has been recognized with an award from the Society of Plastics Engineers for its Calf-Tel dairy calf housing product. The product, which acts as a plastic isolated home for calves, took first place in the twin sheet forming category of the national Thermoforming Division Parts Competition. The homes help prevent the spread of infection among calves. According to L.T. Hampel Corp., the Calf-Tel segment has been up 35 percent this year, and the company has 55 to 60 percent of the market share in calf housing worldwide. Company sales are expected to be up 25 percent from 2012, to $34 million.

Milwaukee Public Television

Two Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) programs were recently saluted with 2012-13 Chicago/Midwest Emmy awards by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards pay tribute to top television and media professionals in the chapter’s markets. “Around the Corner with John McGivern” was recognized with the award for Outstanding Achievement for Magazine Programming. The show, which airs on Thursdays at 7 p.m., takes host John McGivern to new Wisconsin communities each week to learn how employers, residents and other locals live, work and play. “¡Adelante!” was honored for Outstanding Achievement for Public Affairs/Current Affairs. The program, currently rolling out its 15th season, program celebrates the heritage and culture of Latino people. The program airs on Tuesdays each week at 6:30 p.m. with segments in Spanish and English.

AT&T and Vetransfer

AT&T recently honored Vetransfer with the $10,000 AT&T Innovation Award to assist the Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization in giving military veterans the entrepreneurial resources and support they need to create new businesses. The grant will be directed toward Vetransfer’s 12-week mentor-driven seed accelerator class known as VictorySpark, which offers veterans workshops, mentor meetings and social events to help them get their startups off the ground. VictorySpark typically caters to veterans with the most innovative startup companies. AT&T also recently launched a “Cell Phones for Soldiers” drive in greater Milwaukee to give soldiers serving overseas the opportunity to talk to their families during the holidays. For each donated phone valued over $5, the drive is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to troops in action. The drive will collect unwanted cell phones at area locations through Jan. 11, 2014. Drop-off locations include the Milwaukee County War Memorial, Vetransfer, UW-Milwaukee’s Union, UW-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies, AT&T’s Glendale store, AT&T’s Mayfair Mall store, and AT&T’s two Greenfield stores located on 76th Street.

St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation

The St. Josaphat Basilica Foundation has completed a $230,000 project to illuminate the bell towers, portico and visitors’ center at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee. The month-long project added about 103 LED lanterns and lights to the structure and also included restoration of the building’s front steps. With these enhancements, the foundation aimed to highlight the texture and details of the 112-year-old historical site’s architecture and murals at night and also improve safety in the surrounding area. Moving forward, the foundation hopes to launch a $500,000 fundraising initiative to install lighting in the Basilica’s Dome.

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