Businesses in Tyler, TX

Area economy stays diverse and dynamic

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

PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

Tyler's economy remains strong thanks to factors like low unemployment, affordable cost of living, easy interstate access, abundant Internet connectivity 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.

Additions & Expansions

Health-care organization Fresenius Medical Care North America announced in late 2015 that it will establish a new medical business office support facility in Tyler, accounting for 300-350 new jobs. Fresenius provides products and services for individuals undergoing dialysis due to kidney failure.

The company is constructing an $11 million, two-story office building that will open in late 2016 at the corner of SSW Loop 323 and Earl Campbell Parkway.

Centene Corp., which processes Medicare and Medicaid claims for more than 3 million members nationwide, moved into Tyler in late 2013 and has already expanded its facility on Earl Campbell Parkway. The initial opening of Centene was part of Tyler’s Industry Growth Initiative, a program that focuses on a diverse economy with less emphasis on manufacturing. Centene, with about 300 employees, chose to settle in Tyler over Texas cities such as Abilene, Killeen, San Antonio and Waco.

Major Industries & Employers

Tyler's top employers include hospitals as well as retail distributors like Brookshire's, food producers like John Soules Foods, large retailers such as Walmart, telecommunications providers like Suddenlink, and manufacturers such as Carrier Corp., Trane and Tyler Pipe.

Tyler Economic Development Council

Tyler Economic Development Council has worked on more than 140 projects since 1989. During that time, TEDC has assisted in the creation or retention of more than 20,000 jobs and generated more than $800 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.


Several major highways pass through Tyler, including Interstate 20 that continues east all the way to South Carolina. Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is another business asset with nonstop commercial service to Dallas/Fort Worth and Bush Intercontinental-Houston. Tyler Pounds Regional accommodates more than 150,000 passengers annually.

Healthcare Industry

Tyler is a major medical hub that serves the city's 100,000 residents as well as six to seven surrounding East Texas counties. The city is home to four hospitals – East Texas Medical Center, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, UT Health Northeast and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital. Tyler Junior College recently constructed a new Nursing and Health Sciences building, and in 2015, UT Tyler enrolled students in its new pharmacy school.

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