1989: Heyward Risher
Born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina, Heyward Risher established Risher’s Deer Processing on Yearling Lane in 1989 on the same site it occupies today.
1991: Ownership and Vacuum Packaging
Gary Malvasio became the owner of Risher’s Deer Processing in 1991 and began expanding the operation. His extensive background in meat cutting and sausage making started in 1972. Gary introduced vacuum packing to the deer processing industry in Lowcountry in order to ensure exceptional quality and freshness for the customers’ harvests. Heyward and Gary continued working closely together for another three years before Heyward’s retirement.
1993: Smoked Specialties
20 years ago, Risher’s Deer Processing added two smokers to the plant in order to meet the demand for cured and smoked specialty items.
2015: New Ownership
Jesse Ellis became the new owner/operator of Risher’s Deer Processing in 2015, taking over from his grandfather, Gary Malvasio.
2019: Smoker Fire
A smoker fire hit the reset button on the recent progress on to Risher’s facilities.
2020: Recovery & New Management
The extended Malvasio family has stepped in to rebuild what once was.
Gary Malvasio's step-son, Ray Ryoti, and Ray's son, Adam Ryoti, are the new owner/managers of Risher’s.
Ray gained expertise in deer processing while working at Risher’s during deer season, and has been self employed for the last 30 years. Adam has worked for Ray for the past 10 years while studying for his bachelor’s degree in sustainable business and science. They are bringing Risher's back into its prime and eager to serve Low Country deer hunters with premium processing.
OPEN: August 15 – January 12
7 DAYS A WEEK
8 am - 10 pm
(Closing at 9 pm after DST)