Dan DiMicco, a former Nucor Corporation chairman and CEO has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Charlotte Business Journal at the publication's Most Admired CEO Awards programme.

According to Nucor, these awards recognise established local leaders who have a strong vision for their companies, have shown commitment to culture in the workplace and have made significant contributions to the Charlotte community.

DiMicco was recognized for his work as CEO of Nucor, now the USA’s biggest steelmaker, as well as for work done in the community following his retirement.

This is the first year the Charlotte Business Journal has selected a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Johne Ferriola, current chairman, CEO and president of Nucor Corporation, said: "We congratulate Dan on this well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an important part of Nucor's history and the success our company continues to enjoy today. As importantly, he continues in his retirement to work to promote the city of Charlotte and to support and grow new businesses in the community."

DiMicco was head honcho at Nucor Corporation from September 2000 through to the end of 2012. He served as Nucor's CEO longer than anyone since company founder, Ken Iverson and completed over 50 acquisitions for a total investment of $6.5 billion. Nucor claims that DiMicco also proved himself as ‘an effective champion for domestic manufacturing and enforcing rules-based free trade’.