Businesses in Tyler, TX

By Cary Estes on January 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm EST
The Texas Allergy, Indoor Environment and Energy Institute in Tyler, TX

PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

Tyler's General Economy

Tyler's economy remains robust because of factors such as low unemployment, an affordable cost of living, easy interstate access, abundant Internet connectivity and services, and high-quality lifestyle amenities. Combine all that with strong support from the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, and you've got an 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, but we want to be in Tyler because that’s where we want to live,” Boudreaux says. “I like the weather; the school systems are great; and the property tax is low. Tyler feels like a small city, but has advantages of living in Houston or Dallas, without the daily commutes.”

Major Industries & Employers

Tyler's top employers include hospitals, such as Trinity Mother Frances, East Texas Medical Center and UT Health Northeast; retail distributors, such as Brookshire's; food producers, such as John Soules Foods; large retailers, such as Wal-Mart; manufacturers, such as Trane, Carrier Corp. and Tyler Pipe; and telecommunications providers, such as Suddenlink.

Tyler Economic Development Council

The Tyler Economic Development Council has worked on more than 140 projects since 1989. TEDC has assisted in the creation or retention of 20,000 jobs and generated $747 million in new investment in Tyler, including several recent triumphs in advanced manufacturing. Making Tyler attractive to businesses are factors such as a skilled workforce, three colleges and low taxes, while the community also has a good quality of life with many arts attractions and recreation options. 

Health-care Industry

Tyler is a major medical center that serves the city's 96,000 residents as well as the surrounding east Texas area. The city is home to four hospitals - East Texas Medical Center, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, UT Health Northeast and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital, plus numerous specialists, which collectively employ more than a quarter of the workforce. Tyler Junior College, which is adjacent to the newly designated medical district that includes ETMC and Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, has recently constructed a new Nursing and Health Sciences building. In 2015, UT Tyler is enrolling students in its new pharmacy school.


Several major highways pass through Tyler, including Interstate 20, which continues east all the way to South Carolina. Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is another business asset, as it offers service by American Airlines, which offers nonstop jet services to Dallas/Fort Worth, and United Airlines, which offers nonstop service to Bush Intercontinental-Houston. The airport also has several hangars for private and corporate planes, a spacious conference room and free wireless Internet services. Tyler Pounds Regional accommodates more than 150,000 passengers annually. 

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