In Tyler, the old adage 'wake up and smell the roses' takes on a literal meaning. 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.
Approximately 16 million rose bushes are processed in Tyler each year, producing annual estimated revenue of more than $50 million, making this Texas town a hotbed of business activity. 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.
Additionally, Brookshire Grocery Company
has both its headquarters and main distribution center in Tyler. The supermarket chain, which has stores in four states, employs more than 2,000 people locally.