ELYRIA — A local brick supplier is getting a piece of the new Elyria High School construction pie.

It’s not the slice of the pie he originally wanted, but Jim Hunt, president of The Brick Yard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Consumers Builder Supply in Sheffield, said the delivery contract his company recently won will have his drivers trucking in the thousands of exterior bricks needed to build the school.

“Local people are getting work out of this project,” he said. “Hometown people are benefiting.”

Hunt is now praising the district for its support of local business, but he was quite upset months ago when he publicly chastised the school board for choosing a brick that his company could not provide.

The Harris Masonry Co. of Pittsburgh was awarded the bid for the project totaling more than $7.1 million, and it hired The Thomas Brick Co. in Westlake as a subcontractor to supply the Glen-Gery bricks.

Hunt supplies a competing brand, Belden bricks.

Hunt said he got the delivery job because the supply company doesn’t own any trucks and typically outsources such work to other companies.

The first load of bricks was delivered Wednesday by driver Robert “Denny” Huttinger, a third-generation graduate of EHS and an employee of Consumers Builders Supply.

“Our businesses are doing what it takes to survive in this economic downturn and the community support is critical, especially when it costs no more money to deal locally, just a little caring and concern,’’ said Jeff Riddell, president of Consumers Builders Supply. “We appreciate Superintendent Paul Rigda’s and the Elyria school system’s efforts to support local businesses.”

Hunt said trucks delivering bricks — roughly 150,000 of them — will travel from the pick-up location near Marion to Elyria for months to come.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.

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