Businesses in Tyler, TX

By Cary Estes on November 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

The economy in Tyler, Texas, remains among the strongest in the nation thanks to the variety of industries located here and the business friendly approach of local leaders. The city has a low unemployment rate and low cost of living, plus provides easy interstate access, Internet services and high quality amenities. Combine all that with the strong support of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce and you've got a highly attractive business climate.

Rea Boudreaux, an engineer with Brannon Corp., was born and raised in Tyler and says it’s a great place to do business because it’s such a great place to live.

“My company does business all over the U.S., so we could live anywhere,” he says. “But we want to be in Tyler because that’s where we want to live. I don’t want to deal with cold, hurricanes or earthquakes. Here, I like the school systems and the property tax is low. The city feels like a small city, but has advantages of living in Houston or Dallas – without the daily commutes.”

A Growing Economy

Tyler's top employers include hospitals, food producers, retail distributors, air conditioning manufacturers and communications providers. The Tyler Economic Development Council has worked on more than 140 projects since 1989 that have created more than 8,000 new jobs and retained more than 11,000 jobs. This has led to the generation of more than $638 million in new investment. Among the most recent projects are the commitment of Centene Corp. to open an insurance claims center in Tyler that will create 327 new jobs and the opening of a potting soil plan by Scotts Miracle-Gro that created more than 20 new jobs.

It's safe to say that things are growing in Tyler. That’s because the city is the unofficial rose capital of the nation. It has been estimated that approximately 20 percent of commercial rose bushes produced in the United States are grown in Tyler and Smith County, with more than half of all rose bushes being packaged and shipped from the area.

There are at least 10 wholesale nurseries and rose growers located in Tyler that ship roses throughout the country. Approximately 16 million rose bushes are processed in Tyler each year, producing an annual estimated revenue of more than $50 million.

Health Services

While the rose industry might be Tyler’s most noticeable economic output, the largest business sector is in the category of education and health services, which accounts for nearly one-fourth of the city’s workforce. As of 2008, East Texas Medical Center and Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics were the top two employers in Tyler, with a combined workforce of more than 7,000.


Several major highways pass through Tyler, including Interstate 20, which continues east all the way to South Carolina. American Airlines and United Airlines have a limited number of flights into the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. But numerous flight options are available in Dallas, approximately 100 miles to the west and Houston, which is 200 miles south.

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