Monday, December 13, 2010

Red Pixel owners get Third Street property

By Joy Campbell, Messenger-Inquirer
Published: Saturday, December 11, 2010 12:00 AM CST
Brothers Eric and Jason Kyle, owners of Red Pixel Studios, have bought the property at 111 E. Third St. and will move their company to the second floor of the 6,720-square-foot building.

The new owners paid $420,000 and closed the deal on the downtown building Thursday, spokesman Rob Howard said.

The Owensboro-based company formed in May 2001 and provides Internet solutions and design work for its customers. It is currently in rented space at 309 E. Second St.

"We've seen what's going on with downtown, with the (planned) convention center and riverfront and some restaurants opening up, and we're excited about the changes," Howard said.

Red Pixel Studios will move into the second floor with plans to rent the first floor. The investment in the building is a big step for the company, he said.

"A neat part of this story is that a couple of guys from Owensboro who were educated in Owensboro are investing in downtown Owensboro," Howard said.

The Kyles started Red Pixel as a printing and website design company, and over the years has developed numerous websites in western Kentucky and across the country.

This year, the company started developing iPhone apps (applications), launching the first one in February. Clients have included the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Owensboro Catholic Schools.

Red Pixel now has about 20 apps in the Apps Store.

"We're excited with the success we've had and with the opportunity that's there," Howard said.

The company built an app framework called infoApp that allows it to produce "powerful apps and customize them efficiently, quickly and inexpensively" for customers, he said.

The majority of the apps developed so far have been for Kentucky tourism destinations. Red Pixel got the nod from the Kentucky Tourism Council and the Kentucky Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus to offer their member organizations customized iPhone apps.

The company also has developed apps for Owensboro restaurants The Miller House and Gambrinus and for The Chocolate Bar's two locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, N.Y.

"Considering how early we are in the development of the product, we are very pleased with our success," Howard said.

Howard is one of seven employees -- including Gustavo Ariel Molina Sequra, who is under contract and is clearing the way for Red Pixel to do business in Argentina.

Another Red Pixel employee, Pablo Gallastegui, came to the U.S. from Argentina to go to college and chose to attend the Kyles' alma mater, Brescia University. He has worked at Red Pixel for about four years.

Gallastegui introduced the Kyles to his friend, a computer programmer who has identified a market for Red Pixel in the Argentinian tourism industry, Howard said.

"Pablo is there in Argentina now visiting family and finding out what we need to do to legally do business there," he said. "The nice thing is that because our infoApp is flexible and powerful, we can develop apps for a wide variety of clients."