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Gato Flooring, LLC is a New York State-Certified Woman Business Enterprise providing flooring and flooring installation. With multiple established relationships with suppliers, we offer a broad range of innovative and cost effective flooring options with many choices for materials and techniques. We use domestic flooring products and distributors whenever possible and we never compromise quality.  Founded in 2011, Gato Flooring, LLC is a private, locally owned and operated company headquartered at 811 Broad Street in Utica, NY. In addition to private and commercial customers, our portfolio includes extensive projects in educational facilities and agencies across the State.  Our workforce of union and non-union skilled workers provides experience in multiple disciplines to meet all your flooring needs. Craftsmen, estimators, material resource specialists, and project managers ensure that the selection, installation and maintenance of your Gato flooring is an experience that not only meets, but exceeds your expectations.

Key Staff

Sofia Gato, Owner and President

Owner and President of Gato Flooring.   She graduated from the ISCTE-IUL (Instituto Universitario de Lisboa) in the city of Lisbon, Portugal where she studied Business administration. She has a MBA from SUNY IT in Utica, NY.   She holds the technical certification for Resilient Flooring with CFI (Certified Flooring Installers). 

Jim Varieur, Sales Manager

Jim served in the United States Airforce before he began a 49 year career in the flooring industry. He worked as the Sales Manager of Carpet World in NY Mills for 22 years before accepting a position as Territory Manager with WW Dobkin. From there Jim worked for Parkwood Northeast for 25 years. Parkwood Northeast then became Parkwood before being purchased by Altro and finally Compass Flooring Solutions. Jim retired from Compass Flooring Solutions to open his own flooring Company, Jim’s Sales, where he focused solely on the sale and installation of Toli products. He joined Gato Flooring in 2016. In addition to his extensive flooring knowledge Jim is also a dedicated member of the local SCORE chapter – Service Corp of Retired Executives and the Oneida County Board of Elections committee. 

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