In chains, Stainmaster will only be at Lowe's

Invista has signed an agreement to make Lowe's home improvement stores the exclusive seller of its Stainmaster carpet among home improvement chains.

Lowe's has agreed to expand the floor space and upgrade the displays for selling the stain resistant carpeting in its 1,700 stores, Invista spokeswoman Jodi Stutzman said.

The agreement will not affect the Stainmaster Flooring Centers. In Wichita, that center is in Star Lumber and Supply.

The move is effective today, Stutzman said.

"In our past relationship with Lowe's, we have seen a demonstrated commitment to our brand," Stutzman said. "Because of that we have decided to pursue this exclusive."

After a short period, Stainmaster will disappear from other home improvement chains.

Invista, purchased by Koch Industries from Dupont in 2003, is one of the world's largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications.