• Robert Plummer, head of real-estate management firm Plummer Johnson Group and ProSales 100 dealer R.P. Lumber, bought a retail center in O’Fallon, Ill., for $1 million.
  • Russin Lumber added Larry Caron as the company’s territory manager for eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Beacon Roofing Supply appointed Joseph M. Nowicki as chief financial officer and treasurer effective March 25. Nowicki will oversee finance, information technology, and investor relations.
  • Snavely Forest Products hired Brett Kerr as a mass-merchant representative. 
  • Ainsworth announced plans to restart its High Level, Alberta, OSB mill and to begin hiring to fill more than 135 positions.
  • Klein Tools named Greg Palese as vice president of marketing.
  • Swift Lumber Company co-founder John Byard Swift Jr., Artmore, Ala., died Feb. 23. He was 90.
  • Wellborn Cabinet says it added 50 full-time employees, crediting the improving housing market with the opportunity to pick up hiring.  
  • Versatex added Rich Maurer as its southeast regional sales manager. He will cover North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and the gulf region. The company also added Darren Kennedy as a market development specialist for western New York and Ontario.
  • Owens Corning chairman and CEO Michael H. Thaman will chair the Policy Advisory Board at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.
  • APA-The Engineered Wood Association updated its APA System Report Form SR-102 for simplified wall bracing using wood structural panel continuous sheathing.
  • Princeton Forest Products added Tim Tillinghast as regional sales manager in Connecticut, northern New Jersey, and Long Island, N.Y.
  • The National NeighborWorks Association was joined by other housing industry stakeholders to launch Home Matters, a campaign that seeks to promote homeownership’s value proposition to individuals and communities.