Political Figure Looms Large in City’s Waste-to-Energy Plant Plan

November 14, 2010 – In The News
The Morning Call

With extensive skills and promising connections, Marcel Groen plays a pivotal role in the plans to bring a waste-to-energy plant to Allentown. Groen is the attorney and a member of the executive board of Delta Thermo Energy, a New Jersey company that wants to bring a $28 million waste-to-energy plant to Allentown. His involvement in the company came through his friendship with Robert Van Naarden, the company’s co-founder and CEO, who asked Groen to help with everything from smoothing out the legal issues to securing public funding.

Though Groen has a major political reputation, he also possesses attributes key to the project. According to Groen, the project is complex and requires parties working together toward a common goal, which is something he excels at. “These are skill sets, not just connections,” he said.

“Simply put, I know I have political strengths,” said Groen. “But people hire me because of my professional abilities, and I think the results bear that out.” Groen found a project suitor in Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and secured critical grant funding from Gov. Ed Rendell and Sen. Arlen Specter.

“In all my years, this is the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on,” said Groen. “It has the chance to be transformative.”

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