NW Michigan Biodiesel LLC was founded by William Koucky (Koo-ski) in 2006. The initial plan was to produce only biodiesel but through the initial planning stages the necessity to control the feedstock became apparent. This is where the concept of growing your own became an integral part of the plan. Mr. Koucky promoted the growth of canola in northern Michigan for the use in fuel utilizing fallow land that could support canola. As the value of canola oil increased, the idea of using the highly valuable crop as a fuel was scraped but the business was not. This idea became a separate business altogether and Grand Traverse Culinary Oils LLC was born. GT Culinary Oils is in production producing only non-GMO oils grown and produced in northern Michigan.