Former employees of Beehive International, a Salt Lake-based computer terminal manufacturing company that earlier this year moved most of its operation to West Germany, are eligible for Trade Readjustment Act benefits.

Duane C. Price, unemployment insurance director for the Utah Department of Employment Security, said the trade act program pays benefits to workers who lost their jobs because of foreign competition.A month ago, the U.S. Department of Labor ruled that all qualified former Beehive International employees laid off on or after Aug. 9, 1987, and before Oct. 17, 1990, may be entitled to weekly benefits and training, job search and relocation allowances allowed by the act.

According to information provided by the company, about 252 people in Utah are affected. Affected workers may qualify for training, job search and relocation allowances even if they don't qualify for weekly trade act benefits and should contact their nearest Job Service office to file for the benefits.

Last July, Beehive officials announced a restructuring of their company that moved most of the operation to Europe.

The company filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws in 1984 and since that time the 20-year-old company failed to post a profit. The company retained 80 employees at its International Center office to conduct research, development, marketing and customer service operations, but the remainder were laid off.