The Mercer County economy and local families are getting a boost from four Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants.

According to the release, the grants total $2.85 million and will help four organizations in the area.

A $1 million grant was given to Joy Cone for their plant expansion project. The company employs more than 670 people with 140 of those positions having been created over the last two years. The company plans to hire 90 more people in the next year.

The Penn-Northwest Development Corporation will receive $500,000 to repair the roof of their 130,000-square-foot facility. They'll also replace the lighting and the above-ground concrete to run production lines.

Another $500,000 will go to the Buhl Community Recreation Center to support an expansion of amenities, facilities and exercise equipment.

The final $850,000 grant will be used for renovation work on buildings acquired to create the Downtown Sharon Center.

RACP is a grant program through Pennsylvania's Office of the Budget for the construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.