MONTEBELLO >> While the world watches the threatening maneuvers North Korea is making — and President Donald Trump’s tweets about that country’s nuclear capabilities — business is perking up for a local businessman who sells a rare product in these post-Cold War times: bomb shelters.
Ron Hubbard, no relation to Scientology’s founder who started Atlas Survivor Shelters in 2010 after years in the steel manufacturing business, said interest in his product has risen the past few days from potential customers wanting to know how and when they can purchase a shelter — not to mention all the calls he’s been fielding from national and international media outlets.
On Friday, he handily navigated in-person interview after interview inside his cramped office at 7407 Telegraph Road.
“I’ve had calls from people who think they need a shelter like yesterday,” Hubbard said.
Yesterday isn’t going to happen. Neither is tomorrow. Orders, on average, would take about eight weeks, depending on which of the 14 shelters a customer wants, Hubbard said.
The shelter business is feast or famine, he said, and right now it’s clearly in feast mode.
The bunkers, which can be used to protect against bombs or tornadoes, cost from $10,000 to $110,000. The smaller ones can be built in six to seven hours; the higher-end ones can take a month, Hubbard said.
They have all the amenities denizens of the 20-teens would expect: light fixtures, laminated wood flooring, showers, toilets, furniture and big screen TVs.
“It’s a mini-apartment,” said James Crowley, a contractor who…
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