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 Low Country 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.
2004: Grandson, Jesse Ellis
Jesse Ellis began working at the plant to learn everything about premium deer processing and customer care from his grandfather, Gary Malvasio.
2008: Ellis & Hiers
In 2008, Jesse married Stacy Hiers whose family has lived in Walterboro for generations. They have two children, Lillian and Chase, who attend elementary school in Walterboro. Stacy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Hiers, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hiers, all live in Walterboro and belong to the Great Swamp Baptist Church.
2015: New Ownership: Jesse Ellis
Jesse Ellis became the new owner of Risher’s Deer Processing in 2015, ably taking over from his grandfather, Gary Malvasio, who had owned the business for 25 years. During his 10-year apprenticeship, Jesse steadily worked his way up to becoming the new owner and continue the tradition of family ownership and management. He has vowed to maintain the level of quality, careful service, and fine reputation that his grandfather and Heyward Risher upheld since 1989.
In the off-season, Jesse works for H&H Electric and is working towards his electrician certificate at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. His wife, Stacy, is a certified nursing assistant at the Veterans Victory House in Walterboro.
Owner, Jesse Ellis, with children, Lillian and Chase in Walterboro.
Jesse instructing employee, Tabatha.
Gary and Jesse with Linda who’s been with us for 20 years and is valued for her knowledge of every aspect of deer processing.
OPEN: August 15 – January 12
7 DAYS A WEEK
8 am - 10 pm
(Closing at 9 pm after DST)